Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Seurasaari Lesser Stitchwort

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A mystery flower Lesser Stitchwort, Stellaria graminea, photographed on Seurasaari (Helsinki, Finland).

Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)


  1. #1 Tristram Brelstaff
    September 26, 2009

    Could be a stitchwort or a chickweed (Stellaria sp. or Cerastium sp.).

  2. #2 alias Ernest Major
    September 26, 2009

    I’d say lesser stitchwort (Stellaria graminea). Most Cerastiums have five styles, not three. The deeply bifid petals distinguish S. graminea from S. holostea, but it could be wood stichwort (S. nemorum, or great chickweed (S. neglecta) – the foliage would distinguish these.

  3. #3 David
    September 26, 2009

    I think you’re right Ernest, Stellaria graminea… see below for comparison:

  4. #4 "GrrlScientist"
    September 28, 2009

    thanks everyone for the ID. i think this flower is really aesthetically pleasing, and i am glad to know what it is.

  5. #5 ACW
    September 30, 2009

    Apparently the five petals with a textured outer edge is sort of the theme for the carnation family, Caryophyllales. Maybe I’ll be able to spot some now.

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