Cerastium balearicum Herm.

Balearic Mouse-ear Chickweed

Verh. Bot. Vereins Prov. Brandenburg 54: 247 (1913) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender taproot; hairs glandular and eglandular. Stems erect or ascending, 1–15(–23) cm long. Leaves 2–12 mm long, 1–5(–7) mm wide; rosette leaves oblanceolate-elliptic, petioles to 5 mm long; upper leaves sessile, ovate. Inflorescence lax, few-flowered; bract margins broadly scarious. Flowers (4–)5-merous; pedicels to 5 mm long; calyx glandular-pilose, sepals ovate, 2.5–5 mm long, acute, margins narrowly to broadly scarious; petals more or less half sepal length or less, acute, entire or with 1–2 acute lateral teeth; styles 4–5. Capsule straight to slightly curved, 3.5–7 mm long; seeds reddish-brown, finely minutely asperate-tuberculate, 0.4–0.5 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *LoM, *NIS, *SnM, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean area. A widespread and sometimes abundant weed of disturbed ground, lawns and waste places.

Except for Eichler (1965), the name 'Cerastium semidecandrum' has been universally misapplied in Australia to this common weed.

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 balearicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cerastium balearicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory