Perennial herb from slender rhizomes; stems prostrate, several, branched, matted, glabrous, 2-40 cm long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, unstalked, narrowly lanceolate to elliptic, 0.6-1.8 cm long, 1-5 mm wide, thick and fleshy; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers in the leaf axils, or in a few-flowered, leafy cluster; petals 5, white, 2-cleft, 4-6 mm long; sepals 5, lanceolate, 3.5-5 mm long at flowering time, inconspicuously 3-nerved.
Capsules straw-coloured, egg-shaped, 4-5 mm long, 6-valved; seeds brown, 0.8-1 mm long, lightly roughened, nearly smooth.
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
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Alsine humifusa (Rottb.) Britton
Stellaria humifusa var. oblongifolia Fenzl
Stellaria humifusa var. suberecta B. Boivin