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infestation (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit in flower (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit in fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
creeping stems with paired leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of upright stem and paired leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of stem with hairs along one side (Photo: Greg Jordan)
small white flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flower with five petals that are deeply-divided near to their bases (Photo: Greg Jordan)
close-up of mature fruit with seeds (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
seedling (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Stellaria media (L.) Vill.
Alsine media L.Stellaria media (L.) CirilloStellaria media (L.) Vill. subsp. media
bindweed, chick weed, chickweed, common chickweed, satin flower, satin-flower, starweed, starwort, stitchwort, tongue grass, white bird's eye, winter weed
The native range of this species is obscure, but it probably originated in Europe and western Asia (i.e. Eurasia).
Widely naturalised in Australia, particularly in the wetter southern parts of the country. It is widespread in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and southern and south-western Western Australia. Also naturalised in the southern parts of the Northern Territory and on several offshore islands (i.e. Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and Macquarie Island).
Widely naturalised overseas in North America (i.e. Alaska, Canada, the USA and Mexico), South America (i.e. Chile and Colombia), eastern Asia (i.e. Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and South Korea), New Zealand and on several Pacific islands (e.g. the Galápagos Islands, Hawaii and New Caledonia).
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
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