Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Unknown/Undetermined

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

United States

Origin: Unknown/Undetermined

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Alta., B.C.; Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Wash.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

Plants perennial, forming small to large mats, from slender rhizomes. Stems trailing to ascending, branched, 4-angled, 10-60 cm, glabrous. Leaves subsessile; blade broadly elliptic to ovate, 0.4-2.6 cm × 2-15 mm, base round to cuneate, margins entire, apex acuminate, glabrous or with a few scattered cilia. Inflorescences with flowers solitary in leaf axils; bracts absent. Pedicels ascending, straight, mostly 5-30 mm, glabrous. Flowers 4-5 mm; sepals 5, prominently 3-veined, lanceolate, 2-4 mm, margins broadly scarious, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous; petals usually absent, rarely 1-5 and much shorter than sepals; stamens 10 or fewer; styles 3, spreading to ascending, curved but not curled, ca. 1 mm. Capsules straw colored or brownish, ovoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, 3.5-6 mm, equaling or slightly exceeding sepals, apex broadly acute, opening by 6 valves; carpophore absent. Seeds brown, broadly elliptic, 0.7-1 mm (longest axis), distinctly rugose. 2n = 26, 52.
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Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Alsine crispa (Chamisso & Schlechtendal) Holzinger; Stellaria borealis Bigelow var. crispa (Chamisso & Schlechtendal) Fenzl ex Torrey & A. Gray
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Ecology

Habitat

Wet soil in woods, shaded streambanks and shores; 0-2300m.
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Flowering/Fruiting

Flowering summer.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Stellaria crispa

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Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Wikipedia

Stellaria crispa

Stellaria crispa is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common names curled starwort and crisp starwort. It is native to western North America from Alaska south to California and Wyoming, where it grows in moist, shady habitat such as deep forests and streambanks. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb producing a mat of prostrate or trailing stems up to about 40 centimeters long. It is lined with opposite pairs of pointed oval leaves each 1 to 2 centimeters long. Single flowers occur in the leaf axils, each borne on a short pedicel. The flower has five pointed green sepals each a few millimeters long. Some flowers have one or more petals, but most lack these.

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