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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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2005

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 32.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Stellaria media
African Plant Database: Stellaria media
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stellaria media
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Stellaria media
The Plant List (version 1.1): Stellaria media
Tropicos: Stellaria media

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Stellaria media., retrieved 24 March 2018

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