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Family: Caryophyllaceae
Cerastium glomeratum

Citation: Thuill., Fl. Paris edn 2:226 (1799).

Synonymy: C. viscosum L., Sp. Pl. 1:437 (1753), partly; C. vulgatum sensu J. Black, Nat. Fl. S. Aust. 34 (1909).

Common name: Broad-leaved (or sticky) mouse-ear chickweed.

Erect or decumbent annual to c.45 cm high; stem with glandular or eglandular hairs; leaves 5-25 x 3-18 mm, the upper oblong, the lowermost obovate and clothed with long eglandular and short glandular hairs.

Flowers in compact cymose clusters; pedicels shorter than the sepals; sepals c. 5 mm long, c. 1-1.5 mm wide, glandular hairs exceeding the apex, often purplish-tipped; petals broadly oblanceolate (rarely absent) more or less equalling or shorter than the sepals, 2-2.5 mm wide; apex 2-lobed, ciliate near the base.

Capsule narrowly cylindrical, 7-10 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, nearly twice as long as the calyx; seeds 0.4-0.5 mm, pale-brown, tuberculate.

image of FSA1_Cerastium_glo.jpg Cerastium glomeratum
Image source: fig. 138 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 301.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   In all States; New Zealand.   native to Europe.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.

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