Uniquely identifiable characteristics
Distinguishing Feature :
No relation to :
Chick Pea (Cicer arietinum) [a plant yielding the harvested vegetable chickpeas with a similar name, belonging to the Pea Family].
A misnomer; not a
Chickweed at all! For a start it has but four petals, which are not notched. The leaves are not as wide as those of Chickweeds either, but are narrow like those of
Stitchworts (but it is neither), being alone in the Moenchia genus (although like Chickweeds and Stitchworts it is in the same family, Caryophyllaceae)
It grows on bare-ish sandy soils or gravelly turf such as those on shorelines or on over-grazed fields and is fairly rare. It is native and is the only plant in the Genus Moenchia (or at least in the UK).
Found mostly south of Manchester such as in mid-Wales, near the coast in Devon and Cornwall, around Southhampton area and West of London and around Kent.
[The colour temperature difference between the two sets of photos are because one set is shot with 35m colour film when the sun is fairly low and using a camera that cannot automatically compensate for colour temperature deviation from ~ 5600°K of the midday sun in the UK].