Lesser Stitchwort - Stellaria graminea

Description

Short to tall creeping plant, with weak, straggly much branched, square, smooth stems. Leaves lanceolate to linear, pointed, and smooth. Flowers in lax clusters of 10 or more, white 5 to 12 mm, petals more or less equalling and sometimes longer than sepals, notched nearly to the base.

Similar Species

other chickweeds, especially S palustris (Rare in VC55) and S alsine

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Petals split ('bifid') almost to base, and as long as or longer than sepals; styles 3; stems glabrous and angled; leaves hairy at margins near base.

Recording advice

Details of flower and stem and leaves

Habitat

Rough grassland, heaths, and dry hedge banks.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Quite common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 400 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as locally frequent

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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