Prickly Starwort, Prickly Knawel

Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Stellaria
Species: pungens
Main Flower Colour: White


This little perennial herb can be either prostrate or ascending and may form loose mats. It has angular stems that are variously hairy or glabrous.

Leaves are usually recurved, narrow-lanceolate, 5–10 mm long, and about 2 mm wide at base. The apex of the sessile leaf is quite sharp/pungent while the margins are ciliate.

White flowers are terminal or in the upper axils; pedicels 5–30 mm long. Sepals 5–9 mm long. Petals are deeply bifid(divided into 2 lobes), and about as long as the sepals. There are 10 stamens.

Common in shaded gullies and damp places.

Flowering start in October and ends in January.


The main flower colour is white.


Flora of the ACT. Burbidge and Gray
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Bio Regions

South Eastern Highlands (SEH)

Region Specifics

Brindabella Ranges near Canberra

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