Stellaria pallida

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Stellaria
Species: S. pallida
Scientific Name
Stellaria pallida
(Dumort.) Crépin
Scientific Name Synonym
Stellaria media var. glaberrima
G. Beck, sensu Fernald
Stellaria media ssp. pallida
(Dumort.) Asch. & Graebn.
Common Names

common chickweed, chickweed, nodding chickweed, stitchwort, starwort

Overview

Appearance
Stellaria pallida is an annual, low-growing herb native to Europe. Stems are decumbent, to 19.7 in. (50 cm) long with a longitudinal line of hairs.
Foliage
Leaves are opposite, oval, to 0.8 in. (2 cm) long and pointed at the tip. Older leaves are petiolate.
Flowers
Flowering occurs in early spring when small, white flowers develop in the leaf axils or in terminal clusters. Flowers have 5 cleft petals, therefore appearing that there are 10.
Fruit
Fruits are very small and are covered by extremely hairy calyces.
Ecological Threat
Stellaria pallida occurs in shady, moist locations and can commonly threaten habitats on rocky seeps.

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