Creeping Chickweed
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Creeping Chickweed
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Creeping Chickweed
Botanical name: Stellaria depressa    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Creeping Chickweed is a perennial herb with ground-hugging stems, clustered, about 12 cm, shiny, hairless, at tip slightly velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne 2-7, in cymes. Petals equaling or slightly shorter than sepals, 2-parted to the base. Stamens are 10, 2.5-3 mm, styles 3. Sepals are 5, ovate-lanceshaped, 3-4 mm, hairless, margin white, green, or purplish, broad, tip almost blunt. Flower-stalks are 3-4 mm, bracts ovate-lanceshaped, membranous, tip tapering. Leaves are ovate-lanceshaped, 3-7 mm, hairless, 1-veined, margin cartilaginous, tip somewhat blunt. Capsules are ovoid-round. Creeping Chickweed is found in Mongolia to W. Himalaya, at altitudes of 4000-5500 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Pangong Tso, Ladakh.

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