LESSER CHICKWEED

Stellaria pallida

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

month8mar month8march month8apr month8april month8may

status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8white
 
inner
inner8yellow
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ5
5 (10)
stem
stem8round
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

16th June 2019, Bembridge, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
A sprawling and highly-branched native plant growing on coastal sand dunes or on shingle by the shore. When found inland it will be growing on bare and sandy soil. It occurs frequently in the British Isles but avoids Western Scotland and Western Ireland.


16th June 2019, Bembridge, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is mostly pale yellowish-green. Although most of the sepals (being between 2.1 to 3.6mm long) are almost fully closed, there are no petals to be seen for this plant either has no petals, or they are shorter than 1mm in length. (Sometimes Common Chickweed is also without petals but Lesser Chickweed has more slender stems which are also brittle). Some are showing the 3 styles slightly protruding (extreme RH edge 2/3rds down). The stamens, if ever they are visible, number between 1 and 2, only occasionally are there 3 stamens.


16th June 2019, Bembridge, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is only a short-lived annual. The leaves are short-lanceolate with Hydathodes at their tips.


16th June 2019, Bembridge, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The central floret directed North Left has gone to seed - the seed pod having opened up by its 5 weak points ready to shed the seeds. Other florets are also ready to do likewise. The flower, with absent petals, is 3 to 6mm long. The seeds are 0.6 to 0.9mm.


16th June 2019, Bembridge, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is a stubby plant with a relatively stout stem.


See captions above.


  Stellaria pallida  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Stellaria
Stellaria
(Stitchworts)

LESSER CHICKWEED

Stellaria pallida

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]