Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Stellaria media
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Caryophyllaceae -- The Pink Family Bibliography
      Stellaria media

Common name(s): chickweed, starwort, common chickweed, stitchwort
General Information
DistributionNative to Eurasia, widely naturalized.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kure, Midway, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Slender annual or perennial herbs; stems trailing, matted, or weakly ascending, 1-8 dm long, pubescent in lines.
Leaves ovate to elliptic, (0.5-)1-3(-4) cm long, (0.3-)0.8-1.5(-2) cm wide, base rounded to cuneate, petioles 0-2 cm long, often ciliate.
Pedicels ascending to recurved; sepals 3.5-6 mm long, villous, apex obtuse to acute; petals slightly shorter than the sepals, 2-cleft, or sometimes absent; stamens 3-10.
Capsules ovoid, 3.5-7 mm long.
Seeds reddish brown, suborbicular, 1-1.1 mm long, papillose.
2n = 28, 36-44