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Marsh Stitchwort

Stellaria palustris

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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:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, marshes.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
A loose cluster of white flowers with very deep cleft petals. Flowers measure between 12 and 18mm in size. Similar to Lesser Stitchwort but the flowers are slightly larger.
Fruit:
A long, ovoid capsule. Light brown, 6-valved.
Leaves:
A perennial flower with stalkless, linear, lance-shaped, bluish-green leaves in opposite pairs up the stems. The appearance of Marsh Stitchwort is somewhere in between Greater Stitchwort and Lesser Stitchwort. One notable difference between Marsh Stitchwort and Greater Stitchwort is that Marsh Stitchwort has smooth angled stems.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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