West Highland Flora

Lesser Stitchwort


Stellaria graminea

 

Stellaria graminea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Frequent in grassy places

Flower diameter 5-12 mm

ID: Petals split to about halfway, petals equal to or longer than sepals but not twice as long.  Leaves unstalked, narrow.

Other features: Flowers much smaller than Greater Stitchwort, not split to base like Bog Stitchwort.  Sepals conspicuously 3-veined, much more so than in Greater S.  Flowers are distant in a loose, well-branched and spreading inflorescence.  Stamens 10, some may not be fully developed.  Styles 3.

 

Stellaria graminea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Stellaria graminea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

    Conspicuously-veined sepals

 

Stellaria graminea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

You can just make out the leaves here, main stem goes from bottom left to top right.


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