Marsh Stitchwort - Stellaria palustris
Short to medium, greyish, creeping plant with erect, square, smooth stems. Leaves linear-lanceolate. Flowers are white and few, in a lax cluster, 12 to 18 mm, petals cleft almost to the base, and up to twice as long as the sepals.
other chickweeds, especially S graminea
Petals split ('bifid') almost to base, and longer than sepals; styles 3; stems glabrous and angled, square in section; leaves entirely glabrous.
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Wet grassy habitats, marshes and fens.
May to July.
Local but widespread in Britain, except in the north of Scotland.
In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as rare. It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register
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