Stellaria holostea L.
  • Sp. Pl.
  • Tursarraing mhór

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Stellaria holostea L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 04 Dec 2021'

General Information

Plants perennial, scrambling to ascending, from slender, creeping rhizomes. Stems branched dis­-tally, 4-angled, 15-60 cm, glabrous or hispid-puberulent distally. Leaves sessile; blade narrowly lanceolate, widest near base, 4-8 cm × 2-10 mm, somewhat coriaceous, base round and clasping, margins and abaxial midrib very rough, apex narrowly and sharply acuminate, scabrid, otherwise glabrous, slightly glaucous. Inflorescences terminal, loose, 3-31-flowered cymes; bracts foliaceous, 5-50 mm, margins and abaxial midrib scabrid. Pedicels ascending, 1-60 mm, slender, pubescent. Flowers 20-30 mm diam.; sepals 5, inconspicuously 3-veined, ovate-lanceolate, 6-8 mm, margins narrow, scarious, apex acute, glabrous; petals 5 (rarely absent), 8-14 mm, longer than sepals, blade apex 2-fid to middle; stamens 10, sometimes fewer by degeneration; styles 3, ascending, ca. 4 mm. Capsules green, subglobose, 5-6 mm, ± equaling sepals, apex obtuse, opening by 3 valves, tardily splitting into 6; carpophore absent. Seeds reddish brown, reniform, 2-3 mm diam., papillose. 2n = 26 (Europe).

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    "Rhizomatous perennial, 1.5–4.5 dm, the 4-angled stems glaucous and sometimes sparsely hispidulous; lvs narrowly lanceolate, sessile, 2–8 cm × 2–10 mm, hispidulous on the midrib and margins, otherwise sparsely puberulent and glabrate; infl open, the ciliate bracts herbaceous; pedicels pubescent, slender, 2–7 cm; sep broadly lanceolate, 6–9 mm, acute, glabrous, obscurely 5–11-veined; pet conspicuously exceeding the sep, notched less than half-way to the base; seeds 2–2.5 mm, obliquely reniform, coarsely papillate; 2n=26. Native of Eurasia, often escaped from cult. in our range. Apr.–June. (Alsine h.)"

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    Stängel 15–30 cm, aufsteigend, 4kantig, im oberen Teil kurz behaart, sonst kahl, mit sterilen Trieben. Blätter steif, lineal-lanzettlich, lang zugespitzt, 3–9 cm lang, mit rauem Rand, alle sitzend. Deckblätter krautig, bewimpert. Kronblät

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    5–6. Gebüsche, lichte Laubwälder, kollin-montan. JN, GE, vereinzelt übriges M und AN, südliches TI.

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    Distribution Map

    • Native distribution
    Found in
    • Europe Northern Europe Ireland

    Nationally Preferred Names

    Tursarraing mhórIrishIE
    Greater stitchwortEnglishIE

    Other Local Names

    Tursainín mhórIrishIE
    Grossblütige SternmiereGermanCH
    Centocchio garofaninaItalianCH
    Star of BethlehemEnglishIE
    Stellaire holostéeFrenchCH
    Greater stitchwort, Easter-bell


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    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz
    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz, Konrad Lauber, Gerhart Wagner, Andreas Gygax. Haupt Verlag 2018.
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    New York Botanical Garden
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    Flora of North America @
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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