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Greater Chickweed

Stellaria neglecta

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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 or Perennial
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Hedgerows, riversides, waterside, woodland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Small white flowers, long-stalked. The flowers have 5 very deeply notched petals which make them look as if there are 10 petals. Similar in appearance to Wood Stitchwort (Stellaria nemorum) but with smaller flowers, yet larger than those of Common Chickweed. Flowers measure about 1cm in diameter. 8 to 10 pink stamens with dark purple anthers. Yellow pollen. Insect pollinated.
Fruit:
Green, hairy, oval fruits on long drooping stalks.
Leaves:
An annual or short-lived perennial, like a large straggling Common Chickweed (Stellaria media). Light green, pointed oval leaves. Only the lower leaves are stalked. The leaves are in opposite pairs along the stems. Also similar in appearance to Wood Stitchwort (Stellaria nemorum) but Greater Chickweed has a line of hairs along both sides of its stems and has shorter leaf stalks. Wood Stitchwort has hairs all round its stems. The leaves are not hairy and usually untoothed. The stems are square in cross-section.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
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