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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temperate & Subtropical to Tropical Mountains.

[FZ]

Caryophyllaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs usually with slender diffuse stems.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, sessile or petiolate, simple, entire, flat or very rarely subulate, exstipulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of terminal dichasial cymes, rarely flowers solitary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 4–5, free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5, white, deeply bilobed, or occasionally absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10 (5 + 5) or fewer by reduction.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 1-locular; styles (2) 3, free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule usually more or less rounded, opening at the apex by 3 or 6 (rarely 2 or 4) valves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous or occasionally 1–4-, roundish-reniform.

[FTEA]

Caryophyllaceae, W. B. Turrill. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1956

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, often with slender diffuse stems, glabrous or hairy
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, simple, entire, flat to (rarely) subulate, exstipulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences dichasial cymes which are terminal to the branches, rarely the flowers solitary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free, 4–5
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4–5, more or less deeply bilobed, white, or occasionally absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5 + 5, or fewer by reduction
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles generally 3 but sometimes 2, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule unilocular with 3 (or rarely 2) or 6 (rarely 4) valves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds either numerous or 1–4.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Algeria, Altay, Amur, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Assam, Austria, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil Southeast, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Central European Rus, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Comoros, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Is., Finland, Florida, France, Føroyar, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Labrador, Lebanon-Syria, Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Louisiana, Macquarie Is., Madagascar, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Malawi, Malaya, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ogasawara-shoto, Ohio, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Qinghai, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Amsterdam-St.Paul Is, Angola, Arkansas, Azores, Botswana, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Crozet Is., Cuba, Free State, Galápagos, Guinea, Jamaica, Juan Fernández Is., Kansas, Kerguelen, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesotho, Marion-Prince Edward, Mauritius, Namibia, New Caledonia, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Oklahoma, South Georgia, St.Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Uruguay, Windward Is., Zambia

Stellaria L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 421 (1753)

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 1: 141.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed 5: 193 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 421 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5, 193 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl. 421 (1753)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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