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8. Stellaria uliginosa Murr., Prodr. Strip. Gott. 55. 1770. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:708. 1867; Edgew. & Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:233.1874; Blatter, Beauti. Flow. Kashm. 1:50.1928.


  • Stellaria alsine Grimm

    Perennial with a creeping rootstock. Stems ± erect, slender, glabrous. Leaves 10-25 x 3-5 mm, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute, glabrous or ciliate at the base, sessile; midrib prominent. Inflorescence a many-flowered dichasial cyme. Bracts similar to leaves but smaller. Pedicels filiform, much longer than the calyx. Sepals 3-4 mm, lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous with scarious margins, 3-nerved. Petals 4, shorter than the sepals, deeply bilobed into linear lobes. Capsule as long as or longer than the sepals, dehiscing to base by 4 valves.

    Fl. Per.: July.

    Type: Described from Germany.

    Distribution: Most of Europe, Balkans, N. Armenia, Temperate and alpine Himalaya.

    Common in wet places from 2100-3900 m in northern parts of Pakistan. The species is quite variable in the size and shape of leaves. As pointed out by Rauschert (In Fedde Repert. 83:645.1973), the name Stellaria alsine is inyalid is Grimms did not consistently employ the binomial nomenclature (of C. Linnaeus) for his works between 1767-1773.


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