Stellaria media (Linnaeus 1753) Villars 1789 (Family Caryophyllaceae)


Plant

Leaves

Flower

Fruit

Height: 5-40cm
Occasionally Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Annual, Persistent Seed Bank
Hermaphrodite, Flowering January - December (Earliest: 28.2)

Protective Chemicals
Triterpenoids Saponins
Flavonoids Apigenin, Quercitin
Other Phenolics Tannins
Acids Triacontanoic
Sterols Daucosterol, Sitosterol, Triacontanol
Alkanes Hentriacontane

Biotopes:
Hedge Rows

Around Buildings
Microhabitat:
Bare Ground
Pollination: Autopollination
Flower Visitors:
Andrena floricola

Nomada leucophthalma

Eupithecia indigata

Empis chioptera

Empis melanotricha

Platycheirus scutatus
Parasites:
Scaptomyza graminum Larva
(Leaf Miner)

Hydrellia griseola Larva
(Leaf Miner)

Liriomyza bryoniae
Possible Parasites:
Liriomyza strigata
Herbivores:
Several Geometridae

Many Noctuidae

Diaphora mendica
Possible Herbivores:
Cnephasia asseclana

Cnephasia incertana

Rhogogaster chlorosoma Larva

Rhogogaster viridis Larva

Cylindrotoma distinctissima Larva
Sapivores:
Aulacorthum solani
Possible Sapivores:
Aphis fabae
Granivores:
Coleophora striatipennella Larva

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Chickweed


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