Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
14. Caryophyllaceae, the Pink Family
1. Cerastium L.--Mouse-ear chickweed
2. Cerastium nutans Raf.
Quite similar to the preceding but attaining larger stature and usually more
openly branched above, 1-5 dm tall. Leaves 8-60 mm long, 4-12 mm wide.
Flowers in rather open and often widely branched cymes; sepals 2.5-5
mm long; petals as in C. brachypodum. Capsules 7-12 mm
long; pedicels 1-3X the length of the calyx in flower, to 5X the calyx
length and sharply curved below the calyx in age. Seeds as in the preceding,
but 0.4-0.7 mm long. Late May--Aug. Shores, stream banks, springs, boggy places
and wet woods; occasional in the n and e parts, scattered w; (Range similar
to C. brachypodum).
Previous Species -- Cerastium brachypodum
(Engelm. ex A. Gray) Robins.
Return to Family -- Caryophyllaceae
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