Donnerstag, 14. April 2011

Plant of the Day (April, 14th, 2011)

Today's plant of the day, Stellaria holostea L. (in German: “Große Sternmiere”; in English: “Adders-meat”), belongs to the family of the Caryophllaceae. This herb has a charismatic Habitus with big white Petals and small green Sepals. The flower has only five Petals but they are deeply divided, so it looks like ten Petals. The whole blossom is raida symmetrical.
In its centre you can find two circles with five yellow stamens per circle.

The foliage leafs are very long and narrow. They are lanceolate shaped and sitting directly at the often square shaped stalk.

I found this ones at the slopes of the Kaisberg in the German town of Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia. It grows in a beech forest during springtime. It's a very acid place to grow, but the species is not so sophisticated towards the conditions at its places to grow.

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