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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 421. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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A cosmopolitan genus of about 120 species.



Literature: Murbeck S., Die nordeuropaischen Formen der Gattung Stellaria. Bot. Notis. 1899: 193-219 (1899). Beguinot A., Ricerche intorno al polimorfismo della "Stellaria media" (L.) Cyr. I, II. Nuovo Giorn. Bot. It. (N.S.), 17: 299-326, 348-390 (1910).


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Annual or perennial slender herbs. Leaves opposite, simple, entire, exstipulate. Flowers in dichasial cymes, rarely solitary. Sepals 5 (rarely 4), free, persistent. Petals 5 (rarely 4), usually 2-fid to 2-partite, sometimes 0. Stamens 10, rarely fewer or 0, hypogynous or perigynous, mostly inserted on an annular disk. Ovary 1-celled, many- or few-ovuled; styles (2-) 3 (-4). Capsule spherical or oblong, usually dehiscing by 6 valves. Seeds many, rounded-reniform, more or less compressed, papillose or echinulate.



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