Water Chickweed
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Water Chickweed
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Water Chickweed, Giant chickweed • Manipuri: ꯌꯦꯔꯨꯝ ꯀꯩꯔꯨꯝ Yerum keirum
Botanical name: Stellaria aquatica    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Cerastium aquaticum, Myosoton aquaticum

Water Chickweed is a leafy herb, 20-35 cm tall. Stem are erect to rising, hairless below, usually velvety above, channeled. Leaves are 2-5 cm long, 1-2.3 cm wide, ovate, hairless or velvety pointed, base suddenly narrowing into a short or long stalk. Leaves are sometimes stalkless. Bracts are like the leaves. Flowers are white, in groups of 3 or 5-7. Flower stalks are slender, velvety. Sepals are 4-5 mm, enlarging in fruit, oblong- lanceshaped, glandular-velvety. Petals are 1-1.5 times longer than the calyx, deeply cut into oblong lobes. Capsule is ovoid, 8 mm long. Water Chickweed is found usually in moist places in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 300-2740 m. Flowering: April-August.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Delhi.

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