Stellaria media (L.) Vill.

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Stellaria media

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Stellaria media

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Stellaria media

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Common names: Chickweed (English)
Frequency: Locally common in the E Highlands.
Status: Introduced
Annual herb with decumbent or ascending stems, 5-40 cm. Lower leaves: petiole c.1.5 cm; lamina c.1 × 1 cm, ovate; base sometimes ± cordate; upper ± sessile, usually larger, ovate or broadly elliptic. Petals slightly shorter than the sepals, white; apex deeply 2-fid, so that there almost appears to be 10 petals rather than 5.
Notes: Our plants appear to be subsp. media, which has a single line of hairs down each stem internode. The other subspecies have at least the upper internodes hairy all round.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Gardens and lawns, especially those watered through the dry season.
Altitude range: (metres) 1280 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Jun - Aug
Worldwide distribution: A cosmopolitan weed
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2005

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 349 - 350.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Stellaria media., retrieved 22 August 2017

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