Stellaria graminea common stitchwort Caryophyllaceae STGR*; Bx, pb; Q, j; R, al, h, js;

 

Stellaria graminea.commons.wikimedia.org

Stellaria graminea.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Stellaria graminea is a perennial herb; stems to 50 cm long, very slender, sharply 4-angled, weak, reclining on other vegetation, reproducing vegetatively from stem fragments that root at nodes (Uva et al., 1997). 

Leaves opposite, linear to 5 cm long, 0.7 cm wide, tip pointed, base stalkless. 

Flowers white, about 1 cm wide, sepals 5, 3-veined, tip pointed, petals 5, slightly longer than sepals, split almost to base, and so appearing to be 10, on long, thin stalks, inflorescence wide, divergently branching, diffuse, elongate; blooms May-July. 

Fruit dry tan capsules with small, brown warty seeds. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Open, moist sites, meadows, roadsides.