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Lesser Stitchwort

Observed: 15th June 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:

Found amongst grass and sparse Bracken on grassland area between Quaker's Yard station and River Taff, during a Gwyl Taf bio-diversity session.
Title changed after corrected id - thanks to all.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea) interacts

Comments

Tim Rich's picture

think these are the small

think these are the small male-sterile flowers - just to confuse you!

Tim Rich

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Lesser Stitchwort

Many thanks to all for the feedback and corrected ID. I flipped and flopped between graminea and alsine several times, but in the end thought it had more in common with the latter as described in Rose. Is it the habitat that points more to graminea?

Tim - you are right about the confusion.

John

Ambroise's picture

Growing amonst grasses like

Growing amonst grasses like here is more typical of graminea from my experience but I would'd say it's enough to tell them appart. The shape of the leaves is more pointy in graminea, I'd say, and also alsine can have a slightly glaucus green, and the general aspect otherwise. Stace's flora will provide a good diagnostic character if you have a copy.
Best Wishes

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Diagnostics

Hi Ambroise - many thanks for your notes - great help - will look out for a copy of Stace; it seems to be well-regarded by other observers too. Regards, John

Ambroise's picture

You'll see that Stace's Flora

You'll see that Stace's Flora may be a little bit of a steep learning curve at the begginig but it is an exceptional book: you will learn a lot! Get the current 3rd edition so you have uptodate nomenclature.

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Stace's Flora

Ambroise - many thanks - John