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
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)
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