Valerianella locusta (Corn salad). This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe, and is often rampant in corn fields. When planting the seeds can be placed about 25cm apart. The soil is to be kept moist and then harvest the leaves as they are needed. STEM: Upright, slender, brittle, widely branched. ROOT: Fibrous. HAIRS: Stem minutely bristly. STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Shorter than blade. BRACTS: Smaller than leaves. FLOWER STALK: Absent SEPALS: 5, indistinct. PETALS: 5, bases joined, funnel-shaped, lobes spreading widely. STAMENS: 3, protruding. STIGMA: 3-lobed; style long. OVARY: 1, below petals, 3-celled. SEEDS: 1, not released.
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