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Greater Stitchwort

Observed: 25th May 2013 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Seen in many field-margin hedgerow locations around Llanfrynach.
Title amended after corrected ID

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) interacts

Comments

John Pilkington's picture

Greater versus Lesser

Hi both,

I had opted for Lesser, rather than Greater, because although the flowers were large, the stems didn't appear to be square and the stem leaves didn't appear to have marginal teeth. However, perhaps these characteristics aren't the principal differentiators, so would appreciate your advice on what pointed to Greater.

Regards,

John

lavateraguy's picture

per Stace ...

... in Stellaria holostea the petals are divided about half way to the base (as above), but in Stellaria graminea they are divided much more than half way.

Stellaria holostea flowers earlier - I haven't seen Stellaria graminea yet this year - and tends to grow in considerable colonies.

allrounder's picture

Aside

from what lavateraguy has mentioned, the flowers in general are much larger in Greater Stitchwort. As for feeling the stems, I must have thick skin as I can never tell if stems are round, angular etc

Please see my Flickr photo's www.flickr.com/photos/129804972@N07/

John Pilkington's picture

Many Thanks

Thanks for the feedback.