Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, 1-several, simple or basally branched, sticky above, glabrous below, stems 5-35 cm tall.
Leaves mainly in a basal rosette, lanceolate to oblong, 1-2 cm long, short-stalked, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, 2-3 pairs remote from the inflorescence, narrowly egg-shaped to oblong, 1-3.5 cm long, unstalked; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of 2-16 flowers in a terminal umbel-like cluster with a tiny, bracted involucre; petals 5, oblanceolate, white or pale pink, raggedly-frilled, 5-7 mm long; sepals oblanceolate, distinct, 2.5-5 mm long.
Capsules egg-shaped to cylindric, 4-6 mm long, 6-valved, the tips of the valves recurved to tightly curled down; seeds prominently pimply-warty, the warts with interlocking starlike bases.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(5), ICH(1), PP(7)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Holosteum umbellatum subsp. umbellatum