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

Stellaria umbellata Turcz. ex Kar. & Kir.
umbellate starwort (umbrella starwort)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; forming small clumps or mats; stems erect or ascending, several, branched, glabrous, 5-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, oblong to linear-lanceolate, 5-25 mm long, 2-5 mm wide, unstalked, glabrous or sometimes fringed at the base, margins curly; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of 2 to numerous flowers in terminal and axillary umbel-like clusters; petals reduced or more usually lacking; sepals 5, lanceolate, 2-3 mm long, 3-nerved.
Capsules straw-coloured, egg-shaped, 3-4.5 mm long, 6- to 8-valved; seeds brown, 0.5-0.7 mm long, lightly roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

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

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows, streambanks and open forests in the montane to alpine zones; rare in SW, N and SC BC; circumpolar, N to AK, E to AB and S to MT, CO and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Stellaria umbellata

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




Elevation (metres) 680 1643 2042
Slope Gradient (%) 0 4 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
240 246 254
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 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: BWBS(1), ESSF(3)


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Alsine baicalensis Coville
Stellaria gonomischa B. Boivin
Stellaria weberi B. Boivin

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