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Common chickweed




Classification:

Family: Caryophyllaceae, pink family
Genus, species: Stellaria media

Leaves:
Leaves are short, ovate.

Flowers:
Flowers are small with five white petals. Petals are so deeply cleft that flowers seem to have ten petals. Sepals are longer than petals.

More Information:

Chickweed is often eaten by chickens, hence the name "chickweed."  

The genus name Stellaria is from the Latin for "star-like," referring to the star-shaped flowers.  The species name media is from the Latin for "intermediate" or "mid-sized."

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