Cerastium comatum Desv.

Levantine Mouse-ear Chickweed

J. Bot. Agric. 3: 228 (1816) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender, branching taproot; hairs dense, soft, eglandular, 2–3 mm long. Stems erect or ascending, 10–12 cm long. Leaves sessile, obovate-spathulate to ovate-elliptic, 10–14 mm long, 3–7 mm wide, more or less obtuse. Inflorescence profuse, more or less dense; bracts entirely herbaceous. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels about equalling calyx, more or less densely retrorse-villous; calyx densely eglandular-pilose, sepals oblong-anceolate to lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, acute, herbaceous or margins narrowly scarious; petals minutely auriculate at base, c. half the length of sepals, styles 5. Capsule straight, c. 7 mm long, teeth very short, truncate; seeds chestnut-brown, minutely striate-tuberculate, 0.5–0.8 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *Gold, *HNF, *VVP, *WPro. Native to eastern Mediterranean region. An apparently rare weed, confined in Australia to Victoria where recorded from only c. 6 localities.

This taxon has been treated frequently as a subspecies of Cerastium illyricum Ard. but is now considered sufficiently distinct to warrant species rank (Greuter et al. 1984; Sell & Whitehead 1993).

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Cerastium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Cerastium comatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cerastium comatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia