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

Stellaria longipes Goldie subsp. longipes
long-stalked starwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Stellaria longipes subsp. longipes
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; stems decumbent to more usually erect, several, branched, matted, 4-angled, glabrous to slightly hairy near the base, 3-30 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves few, reduced, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, unstalked, egg-shaped or linear to linear-lanceolate, 5-30 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, abruptly sharp-pointed, rigid and stiff, often glaucous; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary, or few to several flowers in an open cluster; petals 5, white, 2-cleft, 3-8 mm long; sepals 5, lanceolate, 3-5 mm long, usually glabrous, strongly 3-nerved.
Capsules usually purplish, 4-6 mm long, 6-valved; seeds 0.6-0.9 mm long, reddish-brown, lightly roughened.
In an earlier treatment (Douglas et al. 1989) Stellaria longipes was treated as a single, highly variable taxon based on the research of Chinnappa and Morton (1976, 1984). Recently, Emery and Chinnappa (1994) have shown that it now best to recognize three varieties within the S. longipes complex. Two of these occur in BC.

1. Flowers solitary; leaves egg-shaped; plants mostly of the alpine zone...................... var. monantha (Hult.) Emery & Chinnappa

1. Flowers on most plants more than 1; leaves linear to linear-lanceolate; plants occurring in all vegetation zones....................... var. longipes

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry rocky slopes, lakeshores, meadows, scree slopes, fellfields and open forests in all vegetation zones; common throughout BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to SD, NM, AZ and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1085 1491 2316
Slope Gradient (%) 0 21 62
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 107 265
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(1), BAFA(1), SWB(11)

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