E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Stellaria longifolia Muhl. ex Willd.
long-leaved starwort (longleaf starwort)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from slender rhizomes; stems decumbent to ascending, several, branched, matted, 4-angled, glabrous except minutely rough-hairy above, 3-40 cm tall/long.
Leaves:
Basal leaves few, reduced, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, unstalked, linear to linear-lanceolate, 1.5-5.0 cm long, 1-4 mm wide, glabrous or with a few basal hairs on the margins, the margins very finely roughly-pimpled (at 30X).
Flowers:
Inflorescence of solitary flowers, or a few to several flowers in an open cluster; petals 5, white, 2-cleft, 1.0-1.2 mm long; sepals 5, narrowly-elliptic to lanceolate, 3-4 mm long, usually glabrous,3-nerved.
Fruits:
Capsules greenish-yellow, oblong, 4-6 mm long, 6-valved; seeds 0.8-0.9 mm long, reddish-brown, lightly roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Green
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist meadows, marshes, streamsides and road banks in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in N and E BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT, NT, E to NF and S to SC, NM, AZ, CA and MX; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Stellaria longifolia

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 7 1727 2682
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 140
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 166 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
434
Modal BEC Zone Class
BAFA
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(48), BAFA(174), BWBS(5), CWH(1), ESSF(75), ICH(8), IDF(19), IMA(34), MS(17), SBPS(10), SBS(12), SWB(20)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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