Saturday, May 23, 2015

A repeat of a lost JPG.
Some years back now I took some shots of this flower on the grass verge along Nortons Wood lane. It was one of the files that was lost when my hard drive went astray.
This year on the grass verge going across the moor to Walton-in-Gordano I saw masses of them.

It is making me wonder if a benevolent housholder is actually encouraging their growth.

A rather striped appearnce to the petals and it seems odd to see such a deep cleavage to the petal as well. Greater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea, is said to have taken the name because its propensity of curing the 'stitch' or pain in the side caused by physical exertion.
A rather scrawny looking plant that seems to belie the ,Greater' name attached to it.
One wonders what it would look like if it was called 'Lessr' instead. Straggly and thin stemmed, with leaves few and far between on the stems.
Yet the flower en-mass on a grass verge can make a good showing.
When compared to Herb Robert Geranium robertianum it can be seen why Greater is applied compared to that flower at least.. 

The seed pod is similar to that of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Rather small and grape-like,.although bigger than that of the pimpernel.

It made me think back some years to when I posted on another site a picture of the Pimpernel seed. I was asked by member if the seeds were edible. I pointed out to them the the Pimpernel seed although it looked like a grape was in fact only about 5 or 6 mm in size and you would need at least a couple of dozen to find out what they tasted like.

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