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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a genus of plants of the family Caryophyllaceae. They are perennial or, less often, annual or biennial grasses with opposite linear-laneolate or ovoid leaves. The perianth is usually pentamerous, and the petals are white and bipartite or emarginate. There are ten stamens, and the fruit is a capsule.

There are about 100 species, found throughout the world. In the USSR there are over 50 species, of which the most common are S. holostea, growing in deciduous and mixed forests, on the edges of forests, and in gardens and parks, and 5. graminea, found in meadows, in sunny woods, on forest edges, and sometimes in cultivated fields. The species 5. graminea is poisonous to horses and cattle. The species 5. media, or chickweed, is a tenacious weed growing in gardens and fields, near dwellings, and on waste ground.


Kott, C. A. Sornye rasteniia i bor’ba s nimi, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1961.


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Agrostemma githago, Cerastium arvense, Cerastium holosteoides, Scleranthus annuus, Silene vulgaris, Stellaria graminea, Stellaria media and Spergula arvensis to the pink family (Caryophyllaceae) as use of phase contrast microscopy would be necessary for identification of the mentioned species.
SEEDS COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME PER PLANT Annual bluegrass Poa annua 2,000 Barnyardgrass Echinochloa crusgalli 7,000 Common chickweed Stellaria media 15,000 Curly dock Rumex crispus 30,000 Dandelion Taraxacum officinale 12,000 Green foxtail Setaria viridis 34,000 Knotweed Polygonum aviculare 6,500 Broadleaf plantain Plantago major 36,000 Veronica or purslane speedwell Veronica peregrina 2,900 Figure 14-10 Examples of annual grasses, perennial grasses, and broadleaf plants found as weeds in turfgrass.
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