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Stellaria media

Observed: 7th January 2013 By: kate-w29
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Stellaria media
Description:

Small, straggly plant with opposite leaves approx 2cm long from tip to stalk.
Single white flower (though another two forming), with 5 deeply divided petals and 5 sepals.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) interacts

Comments

Rachy Ramone's picture

Petals:

not 10, but 5 deeply bifid ones.

If you care to destroy a specimen, you can pull apart the flowers, and you will see that the petals appear to be joined at the base in pairs.

But they are actually just 5 petals, each of which is split very deeply.

"learning all the time!"

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

kate-w29's picture

Thanks Rachy, that's really

Thanks Rachy, that's really useful, and explains why I came to a dead end when trying to look this up in my wildflower key!!!

Rachy Ramone's picture

*blushes*

D'aw, you're most welcome!

I always feel like a vandal if I pull apart a flower to check the structure etc, but sometimes, well, you just have to...

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY