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1. Stellaria media (L.) Vill, Dist. Pl. Dauph. 3:615. 1789. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:707. 1867; Edgew. & Hook. f, in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:230.1874; Blatter, Beaut. Fl. Kashm. 1:52.1928; Schischkin in Kom., Fl. URSS 6:395.1936; Mizushima in Kitam., Fl. Afghan. 117.1960 & in Pl. W. Pak. & Afghan, 53.1964; Chater & Heywood in Tutin et al., Fl. Ear. 1:134.1964; Coode in Davis, Fl. Turk. 2:69.1967; Stewart in Biologia, 13 (2):62.1967 & Ann. Cat. Vase. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 254.1972.


  • Alsine media L.

    Annual, with prostrate to ascending or decumbent stems, 10-20 cm long. Stems leafy, hairy on one side. Leaves 7-20(-40) x 3-11(-22) mm, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, sessile or petiolate (the lower leaves usually with a short or long petiole), acute to subacute glabrous with the margin hairy or hairy on the nerves or sparsely hairy cm the surface. Flowers in lax panicles. Pedicels filiform. Sepals 3-4 mm, hairy or glabrous, lanceolate, with scarious margins. Petals white, deeply bilobed. Capsule exceeding the calyx, splitting by valves nearly to the base. Seeds 1 mm, subreniform. tuberculate.

    Fl. Per.: April-August.

    Lectotype: Described from Europe, Hb. Linn. 388.1 (LINN).

    Distribution: Cosmopolitan.

    Our plants exhibit a fair amount of variation in indumentum and leaf characters, but these variations are not constant enough to recognise infraspecific taxa. Stamen number ranges between 5 & 7.


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