Bog Chickweed
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Bog Chickweed
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Bog Chickweed, Bog Stitchwort
Botanical name: Stellaria alsine    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Stellaria uliginosa, Stellaria gracilis, Arenaria alsinoides

Bog Chickweed is a perennial herb with a creeping rootstock. Flowers are borne in a 3-5-flowered cyme. Petals are 4, slightly shorter than or equalling the sepals, deeply bilobed into linear lobes. Sepals are 3-4 mm, lanceshaped, tapering, hairless with papery margins, 3-nerved. Flower-stalks are thread-like, much longer than the sepal-cup. Stems are erect, slender, hairless. Leaves are 1-2.5 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, lanceshaped to linear-lanceshaped to inverted-lanceshaped, pointed, hairless or fringed with hairs at the base, stalkless; midrib prominent. Bracts are similar to leaves but smaller. Capsules are as long as or longer than the sepals, splitting to base by 4 valves. Bog Chickweed is found in the Temperate Northern Hemisphere to W. Malesia, including the Himalayas, in fields, streamsides, wetlands, at altitudes of 500-4000 m. Flowering: July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed near Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim.

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