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Lesser Chickweed

Stellaria pallida

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Lawns, rocks, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Deeply notched, white petals. The petals are usually absent but when not, they are minute. Flowers measure 3 to 6mm across. Sepals are hairless, unlike the downy sepals of the similar looking Common Chickweed (Stellaria media). 1 or 2 stamens. Common Chickweed has 3 to 5 stamens.
Fruit:
Green, oval fruits on long stalks. Unlike Common Chickweed the fruit stalks are not drooping. Pale yellowish-brown seeds.
Leaves:
Small, pale, yellowish-green leaves. The oval to oblong, pointed leaves are short-stalked and in opposite pairs up the stems. Untoothed. A prostrate annual.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
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