Stellaria pungens

Common name: 

Prickly Star-wort

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEHJKMNPRSTUVWXZ) also SA, NSW

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Rocky hills1
moist forest and woodlands2

Flower description:

White3

Habit:

Perennial herb with rhizomes3

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species differs from S. flaccida in having sharply pointed leaves that are narrower (3 mm wide not 5 mm wide) and covered in curly white hairs when young2

Images:
Image of Stellaria pungens
Image of Stellaria pungens Image: Alison Kellow
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

1 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.
2 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
3 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria