Jun. 10, 2018

longleaf starwort, Stellaria longifolia

Longleaf is a bit of a misnomer for this or any starwort. These are little plants, and in this case very frail. The thin diffuse branches won't get much over a foot long, with leaves maybe an inch long. The narrowness of everything hardly even gives an illusion of length. But longleaf is a clever little thing. If petals are good for leading pollinators, then more is better? Look closely and you can see there are five petals, cleverly divided to create the impression of ten. If your flowers can only be a quarter inch across, make the most of what you've got! Or what you don't have! Is it the petals or the spaces that point to the center? Longleaf starwort sprawls over other herbs, mostly in damp open places in every state except AL, AR, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX, in all of Canada, and on SPM. It is a special concern species in KY, and endangered in TN. Lenawee Co MI, 6/5/18.