Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Stellaria media (L.) Vill. image
Photographer: Richard Bauer           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illlustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Matthew L. Wagner

Marion Sheehan

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Caryophyllaceae
Stellaria media (L.) Vill.
common chickweed
Stellaria: from the Latin stella for "star" because of the star-like shape of the flowers or some other feature
media: intermediate
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect to prostrate, annual/perennial, 2"-16" forb; 4 -sided stems with many branches
Flower: white, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide, petals deeply lobed, sepals longer than the petals; usually solitary, stalked, from upper leaf axils; blooms Feb.-Dec., longest period of any Wisconsin flower
Fruit:oval to oblong, very hairy capsule
Leaf:opposite, triangular, upper stalkless, lower on stalks getting longer toward the base of the stem
Habitat: disturbed areas, meadows, woods

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