Myosoton aquaticum (L.) Moench  
Family: Caryophyllaceae
giant chickweed, water chickweed
[Alsine aquatica (L.) Britton, Cerastium aquaticum L., Malachium aquaticum (L.) Fr., Stellaria aquatica (L.) Scop.]
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Robert W. Freckmann  
Etymology: Myosoton: from mys for "mouse" and ous for "ear," referring to the leaves
Plants: prostrate with erect tips, perennial, 2"-24" tall, branched forb; stems glandular-hairy; rhizomes rooting from lower nodes
Leaves: opposite, mostly stalkless except lower leaves on short stalks
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, stalked, usually with 5 styles, deeply lobed petals much longer than the sepals; inflorescence open, leafy, terminal, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Oct.
Fruits: oval to oblong capsule
Habitat: moist; disturbed sites, woods
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Myosoton aquaticum image
Myosoton aquaticum image
Myosoton aquaticum image
Kurt Stüber  
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