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Chickweed - introduced (*Stellaria media)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Chickweed & Carnation family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: Chickweed is a widespread weed of degraded areas, roadsides and gardens. It is also an environmental weed.
- Chickweed is a prostrate to scrambling plant
- the flowers have five white petals; the petals are so deeply divided that the flower appears to have 10 narrow petals
- it has ovate leaves which are in pairs
- it has slender stems with a row of fine white hairs along its length; the hairs are on alternate sides
of the stems, changing sides at the leaf nodes.
Pale Chickweed (Stellaria pallida) is usually a bushland weed, often growing at the base of trees. Its flowers do not have petals.
Chickweed: a favoured food of chickens.
Photos 1: Chickweed. Templeton St, Castlemaine.
2, 3: Kaweka Reserve. The rows of hairs along one side of the stems is evident.
4: Smith Reef Historic Reserve. Chickweed has five deeply divided petals, and can readily be mistaken for a daisy.
Carpet of Chickweed. Fryerstown cemetery.