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Cerastium fontanum Baumg. subsp. fontanum Family Caryophyllaceae
Common name: Mouse Ear Chickweed

Cerastium fontanum subsp. fontanum Baumg. APNI*

Description: Perennial with decumbent non-flowering shoots and ascending flowering shoots; stems and leaves with spreading non-glandular and rarely glandular hairs.

Leaves elliptic to oblong, 10–25 mm long, 3–10 mm wide.

Inflorescence a dichasial cyme; bracts herbaceous with wide scarious margins. Sepals ovate to lanceolate, 4–7 mm long. Stamens 10.

Capsule narrow-ovoid to cylindrical; pedicel 1–2 times the length of the calyx.


Flowering: late spring to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: *ST. Weed, almost cosmop. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: ST
AVH map***

Possibly occurring in NSW (ST). However, the taxonomy of this group is unclear - this may belong to C. vulgare.

Text by KL Wilson (2006)
Taxon concept: L Adams in Walsh and Entwisle Fl Victoria vol 3 (1996)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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