Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

  Myosoton aquaticum (L.) Moench image
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Derek Anderson

Kurt Stüber
Family Caryophyllaceae
Myosoton aquaticum (L.) Moench
giant chickweed, water chickweed
Myosoton: from mys for "mouse" and ous for "ear," referring to the leaves
aquaticum: growing in or near water
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: prostrate with erect tips, perennial, 2"-24" tall, branched forb; stems glandular-hairy; rhizomes rooting from lower nodes
Flower: white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, stalked, usually with 5 styles, deeply lobed petals much longer than the sepals; inflorescence open, leafy, terminal, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Oct.
Fruit:oval to oblong capsule
Leaf:opposite, mostly stalkless except lower leaves on short stalks
Habitat: moist; disturbed sites, woods

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