Cerastium pumilum Curtis

Curtis's Mouse-ear Chickweed

Fl. Londin. 2 (6): t. 92 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender taproot; hairs glandular and eglandular. Stems diffusely-branched, 2–22 cm long. Lower leaves oblanceolate-spathulate, sessile or with petioles to 12 mm long; upper leaves sessile, linear-lanceolate to ovate-oblong, 4–16 mm long, 2–9 mm wide. Inflorescence few-flowered; all bracts herbaceous or upper with narrowly scarious margins. Flowers (4–)5-merous; pedicel equalling or longer than, and curved just below, capsule; calyx glandular-pilose, and sparsely eglandular-hairy above, sepals oblong-lanceolate, 4–5 mm long, obtuse to acute, margins broadly scarious; petals two-thirds to c. equalling sepal length, one-quarter to one-fifth bifid; styles 5. Capsule straight to distinctly curved, 5–8(–10) mm long; seeds pale to chestnut-brown, coarsely tuberculate, 0.4–0.7 mm diam. Flowers Oct.

*Brid, *DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *HSF, *NIS, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to Europe from Scandinavia southwards, North Africa, western Asia. An apparently rare weed of disturbed soils, but perhaps more widespread and overlooked.

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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Cerastium pumilum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cerastium pumilum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales