Petal loss is rampant and parallelistic in Stellaria

Although I have been delving more and more deeply into Mojave and Great Basin work in recent times, investigations into worldwide starworts are continuous and occasionally result in published reports:

A Grim Spring

Spring did not really come this year to the Mojave, unless you happened to occupy a deeper wash with slightly superior moisture levels to the rest of the landscape. Before it became too hot in the lower deserts, and as many plants struggled to develop even just their leaves this year in the face of severe drought and concomitantly severe herbivory, I was able to complete a stunningly beautiful walk across a significant portion of the Lake Mead northshore region. To better botany ahead in the North. I’m already finding amazing things at the Mojave-Great Basin transition.