Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Water-chickweed - Stellaria aquatica   (L.) Scopoli
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Author(L.) Scopoli
DistributionFound only in the northern Mountains. Specimens range from 1958-2019. Likely found elsewhere, at least in northwestern NC.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. Que. to Ont. and MN, south to NC, TN, KS; also B.C. to WA.
AbundanceVery rare to rare.
HabitatMoist to wet soil of marshes, streamsides, floodplains, meadows. Unlike nearly all other non-native members of the Caryophyllaceae, because this species usually occurs in somewhat natural habitats, mainly wetlands, it has the appearance of a native species; nearly all others grow in fields, roadsides, lawns, and other highly disturbed ground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationWater Chickweed has the gestalt of a giant Common Chickweed (Stellaria media). The stems grow along the ground or are somewhat ascending. The leaves are ovate, sessile, and generally clasping the stem, tapered to a point. The white flowers are somewhat longer than the sepals and grow on long stalks.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly named as Stellaria aquatica.

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