Stellaria graminea, SE: Grässtjärnblomma, DE: Gras-Sternmiere,
NL: Grasmuur, UK: Lesser Stitchwort
|| ||Stellaria graminea L.|
|| ||Grässtjärnblomma |
|| || Lesser Stitchwort|
|| ||Caryophyllaceae, Nejlikväxter, Pink Family|
|| ||Central stem is glabrous, 4-angled, and rather weak, causing the plant to lean over in the absence of supportive vegetation.|
|| ||Opposite, lanceolate-linear or linear, smooth along the margins, sessile, and glabrous|
|| ||Each flower has a corolla with 5 deeply divided white petals (which can appear to be 10 petals), 10 stamens with brown or reddish brown anthers, a green pistil with 3 styles, and 5 green sepals that are lanceolate. Each sepal has 3 conspicuous veins along its outer surface, which is also somewhat ciliate or pubescent. The petals of the flower are longer than the sepals.|
|| ||June, July, August|
|| ||Straw-colored or light brown seed capsule, numerous small seeds; Capsule ovoid-oblongoid and open at the top, where a few erect teeth occur along the upper rim. Each seed is oval-orbicular and somewhat flattened; its surface is rough and pebbly. |
|| ||Coast, pastureland, meadows, farmland, settlements|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Stellaria, from the Latin stella for "star" because of the star-like shape of the flowers.
graminea, of or pertaining to grass, grassy; grass like.
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.