Stellaria (weeds)

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Stellaria L. (1753) - (chickweeds)

The genus Stellaria contains more than 100 species of herbaceous plants, found mainly in temperate regions. The most important weed is Stellaria media which is widely distributed and often a problem in cereals, vegetables and various field crops.

The name of the genus refers to the star-like flowers. These have five sepals and five petals with each petal usually being split into two parts.

Type species: Stellaria holostea


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: