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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map