Cerastium glomeratum Thuill.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)

Cerastium acutatum Suksd., C. viscosum auct.

Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

sticky mouse-ear chickweed

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a cylindrical capsule 3.5–9 mm long, often slightly curved, open at the tip by 10 teeth and containing many seeds.

Seed ± triangular to obovate in outline, laterally compressed, cross-section wedge-shaped, 0.4–0.6 mm long x 0.3–0.5 mm wide x 0.2–0.3 mm thick. Surface dull, pale brown to orangish-brown, covered with tuberculate cells, tubercles irregularly-shaped to oblong.

Hilum in shallow notch at base.

Embryo peripheral, curved around the hard, semi-transparent perisperm.

Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)