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Stellaria pubera Michaux. Star Chickweed, Common Starwort, Giant Chickweed, Great Chickweed. Phen: Apr-Jun. Hab: Bottomland forests, moist slopes, coves, hammocks. Dist: NJ west to IL, south to Panhandle FL and AL.

ID notes:Both Stellaria corei and Stellaria pubera have an interesting seasonal growth form, producing short and relatively small-leaved flowering shoots in the spring (which wither following fruiting), followed by taller, more vigorous summer shoots with larger and tougher leaves and lacking flowers, which persist until autumn. Some of the description in various manuals of differences in petiole length and leaf size and shape between the two species is obscured or complicated by these seasonal differences; more careful observation is needed.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = FNA5, G, Il, K1, K3, K4, NY, Pa, RAB, Tn, Va, W, WH3, WV; = Alsine pubera (Michx.) Britton – S; = Stellaria puber Michx. – Fl4, K4; = Stellaria pubera Michx. var. pubera – C, F

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