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Common Chickweed?

Observed: 29th April 2013 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Can anyone confirm that this is Common Chickweed for me?

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markwilson's picture

chickweed

Everything looks right the 2nd picture shows a single line of hairs which helps confirmation

ar8922's picture

chickweed

Thanks Mark... for some reason it took me a long time to ID this one. Think I was missing the obvious for a while.

markwilson's picture

chickweed

There are a number of similar plants - chickweed can be a little variable especially if conditions are dry but I think the line of hairs always works

ar8922's picture

chickweed

Thanks again... it's a good tip and i'll try and remember it.

ar8922's picture

Common or Greater?

Graeme/Tim, how sure are you that this is Greater Chickweed? The flower was very small (no more than 5mm across) and the plant as a whole was very delicate. I also had someone from the Devon Biodiversity Records Center confirm it as the Common variety.

Tim Rich's picture

the number of stamens - which

the number of stamens - which does seem to be 10 as Graeme pointed out, and the large loose look of the plant. If you want to collect and press some and send it to me at NMW I will check it for you.

Tim Rich

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Thanks Tim

Thanks Tim, I might see if I can get back to the site this weekend (not least because it's the same spot I've been using to photograph a pair of Dippers) and if I do, I'll take a better camera and take some measurements this time.

I'm reluctant to pick any examples though because there were only a couple of flowers there.

cicuta58's picture

Graeme

It was Stewart who counted the stamens, not me!

cicuta58

lavateraguy's picture

stamens etc

I've never knowingly seen Stellaria neglecta, but this specimen has the right habitat (woodland, in which Stellaria media is relatively scarce - but perhaps still absolutely commoner), the right flowering season, and the right number of stamens.

markwilson's picture

chickweed

Also not seen - good of iSpot to raise the possibility will look out for in future