Cerastium glomeratum Thuill.

Sticky Mouse-ear Chickweed

Fl. Env. Paris, edn 2, 226 (1799) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with branched taproot; hairs glandular and eglandular. Stems slender, erect or decumbent, 5–45 cm long. Leaves sessile, obovate, elliptic or ovate, 5–25 mm long, 3–18 mm wide. Inflorescence fairly dense; bracts entirely herbaceous. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels much shorter than capsules; calyx glandular- or rarely eglandular-pilose, sepals lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, narrow-acute, margins narrowly scarious; petals more or less equalling sepals, one-quarter bifid, rarely absent; styles 5. Capsule curved, 6–10 mm long; seeds pale to chestnut-brown, finely elongate-tuberculate, 0.4–0.5 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Naturalised all States, Norfolk Is., Macquarie Is., cosmopolitan weed. Native to Europe. A weed of lawns, disturbed soils and waste places throughout Australia but common only in temperate areas.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-23
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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 glomeratum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cerastium glomeratum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

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