Stellaria media (L.) Vill.
Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)
Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)
Primary Disseminule Type
Description (diagnostics are in brown)
Fruit an ovoid capsule 4–8 mm long, opening by 6 valves and containing many seeds.
Seed ± circular in outline, laterally compressed, cross-section wedge-shaped, 0.9–1.3 mm diameter x 0.5–0.7 mm thick. Surface dull, reddish-brown, covered with concentric rows of cells with interdigitating walls (like a jigsaw puzzle), cells of lateral faces with low, stelliform tubercles, cells of perimeter stelliform tuberculate to papillate.
Hilum in distinctive marginal notch.
Embryo peripheral, curving around the hard, semi-transparent perisperm.
Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)
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