Pseudostellaria sierrae

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Pseudostellaria sierrae
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Pseudostellaria
Species: P. sierrae
Binomial name
Pseudostellaria sierrae
Rabeler & R.L.Hartm.

Pseudostellaria sierrae is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name Sierra starwort.

Description[edit]

It is a perennial herb growing from a rhizome network with vertical, thick-tipped roots. The stem is hairless and grows up to about 27 centimeters in maximum height. The lance-shaped leaves are up to 3 centimeters long and hairless but rough along the edges.

The inflorescence is a solitary flower at the tip of the stem, or arising from an upper leaf axil. The flower has five white petals, each with a sharp, narrow notch in the tip. There are five long stamens with yellow anthers.

Distribution[edit]

It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the woodlands and forests of the Sierra Nevada. It was first collected before 1900 but not described to science until 2002.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabeler, R. K. & R. L. Hartman. (2002). Pseudostellaria sierrae (Caryophyllaceae), a new species from California. Novon 12:1 82-6.

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