Common name: Mouse Ear Chickweed
Cerastium vulgare Hartm. APNI*
Synonyms: Cerastium fontanum subsp. triviale (E.H.L.Krause) Jalas APNI*
Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare (Hartm.) Greuter & Burdet 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: Flowers late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed, almost cosmopolitan; native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Perhaps better treated as C. fontanum subsp. vulgare (Hartm.) Greuter & Burdet. Group under revision for Flora of Australia.
Text by A. Doust (1999); edited KL Wilson (July 2008)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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