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Stellaria graminea L.

Synonym
  • Stellaria fragilis Klokov
  • Stellaria hippoctona (Czern.) Klokov
  • Alsine graminea (L.) Britt.
  • Cerastium gramineum (L.) Crantz
  • Larbrea graminea (L.) Fuss
  • Larbrea graminea (L.) Godr.
Vernacular Name
Common Stitchwort, Common starwort, Grass-leaved Stitchwort, Lesser Stitchwort, Grass-like Starwort
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Medicinal plant; Ornamental species; Poisonous species
Remarks
Detail
Occurrence: Al, Au(A), Be, Br, Bu, Co, Ct, Da, Es, Fe, Ga(F), Ge, Gr, Hb(E), He, Ho, Hs(A, S), Hu, It, La, Lt, Lu, Mk, Mo, No, Po, Rf(N), Rm, Sk, Sl, Su, Tu(A, E), Uk(K) (EuroMed, 2018). It is a rhizomatous perennial herb producing branching stems which are prostrate, sprawling, trailing, or erect, and reach up to about 90 centimeters long. The stems are four-angled, weak, and hairless. It is lined with pairs of linear or lance-shaped leaves, each 1–4 centimetres (0.39–1.57 in) long. The leaves are smooth-edged and hairless except for some hairs lining the bases. The inflorescence bears several flowers, each on a short pedicel. The flower has five pointed green sepals each a few millimeters long which are usually lined with hairs. There are five white petals, each so deeply lobed it appears to be two. The seeds are reddish brown in colour and are 1 millimetre (0.039 in) in diameter. It bears 10 stamens. It is native to Eurasia but it is widespread around other parts of the temperate world as an introduced species and a common weed. It grows in many types of habitat, including lawns and roadsides.
Book reference
  • Кузярін О.Т. Судинні рослини території торфовища "Білогорща” (м. Львів) // Наукові основи збереження біотичної різноманітності. - 2010. - Т.1(8), №1. - С.75-90.
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Experts
  • Alexander KUZYARIN, Dr, e-mail: kuzyarin@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Caryophyllales
Caryophyllaceae