- Flower nameStellaria nipponica
- Scientific nameStellaria nipponica
- Alias岩爪草, オオバツメクサ, Stellaria nipponica, Iwatsumekusa
- Place of originendemic species of Japan
- Place of floweringHigh mountain
- Flowering seasonJuly, August, September
What is Stellaria nipponica
Stellaria nipponica , or iwatsumekusa (scientific name: Stellaria nipponica) is an endemic species of Japan, and is an alpine perennial plant in the family Caryophyllaceae.
It grows native to the alpine gravel in the Chubu region. Due to the harsh environment, the plant height is low, it branches well and spreads like a carpet.
The leaves are green, linear and opposite.
From summer to early autumn, the flower stalks are stretched, and 1 to 8 five-flowered white flowers bloom at the tips.
It looks like 10 petals because the petals split 2 deeply.
Similar to Circumpolar starwort(scientific name: Stellaraia ruscifolia) but with different leaves.
Detailed data of Stellaria nipponica
Generic name: Stellaria nipponica, scientific name: Stellaria nipponica,
aka: , or iwatsumekusa ,
Place of Origin: Endemic to Japan, Environment: Gravel in alpine,
Plant height: 10-20 cm, leaf shape: linear, phyllophy: opposite,
Flower color: white, flower diameter: 1.5 cm, number of petals: 5, flowering period: July to September.