West Highland Flora

Bog Stitchwort


Stellaria uliginosa

Former name: Stellaria alsine

Stellaria uliginosa

Photo Carl Farmer
29 May 2003 Portree, Skye
Flower 7 mm across incl sepals

Common in wet ground, including burns, ditches, damp waste ground, and flushes in hills.

Flower diameter c 5-8 mm (including sepals)

ID: Petals shorter than sepals and split to base, each half lining up with half the adjacent petal along a sepal.

Other features: Square stems, hairless except at base of leaves. Often a tiny plant in bare ground such as gravel, but in water or very wet ground can be quite luxuriant.  Calyx-base is funnel-shaped, not rounded as in other Stitchworts.

Picture on left has lowest petal already fallen.

 

Stellaria uliginosa

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 6.5 mm across at widest (incl sepals)

 

Stellaria uliginosa

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Small prostrate form on relatively dry soil

 

Stellaria uliginosa

Photo Carl Farmer
29 May 2003 Portree, Skye
Flower 7 mm across incl sepals
 

Bigger and more upright in boggy ground


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