Webb's Chickweed
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Webb's Chickweed
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Webb's Chickweed
Botanical name: Pseudostellaria webbiana    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Stellaria webbiana, Leucostemma webbianum

Webb's Chickweed is slender, creeping herb, 15-30 cm long, hairless or sparsely white-hairy. Stems are 4-angular, branched. Leaves are stalkless, linear, acicular, 8-16 mm long, spreading, rigid, shiny, 1-nerved. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, nearly erect, white; flower-stalks capillary, 2.5-5 cm long. Sepals 4, lanceshaped. tapering at tip, 5-7 mm long, broadly scarious-margined, shiny. Petals are 2-fid up to middle, 1.0-1.1 cm long with narrow blunt lobes. Stamens are 8, styles 2. Capsules are ovoid, 6-valved, equalling sepals; seeds compressed, 0.8 - 1 mm in diameter, pale brown, papillate along margins. Webb's Chickweed is found in Temperate Himalayas, in Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Nepal and Afghanistan. Flowering: April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed near Naukuchia Tal, Uttarakhand.

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