Cerastium glomeratum Thuill., Fl. Env. Paris ed. 2: 226 1799. (Syn. Alsine glomerata (Thuill.) E.H.L.Krause; Cerastium acutatum Suksd.; Cerastium alpinum Bunge [Illegitimate]; Cerastium apetalum Dumort.; Cerastium arenosum Kit.; Cerastium brachycarpum Stapf; Cerastium consanguineum Wedd.; Cerastium constantinopolitanum Nyman; Cerastium fulvum Raf.; Cerastium glomeratum f. apetalum (Dumort.) Trinajstić; Cerastium glomeratum var. glomeratum ; Cerastium hirsutum Muhl.; Cerastium mauritianum Bouton ex Baker; Cerastium membranaceum Jacquem. ex Hook.f.; Cerastium minutulum Des Moul. ex Steud.; Cerastium ovale Pers.; Cerastium pilosum Fisch. ex Ledeb.; Cerastium pseudoviscosum Schur; Cerastium pumilum Raf. [Illegitimate]; Cerastium rotundifolium Fisch.; Cerastium serpyllifolium M.Bieb. ex Ser.; Cerastium sibiricum Turcz. ex Ledeb.; Cerastium simense Hochst. ex A.Rich.; Cerastium stevenii Schischk.; Cerastium sylvaticum Steven ex Ledeb. [Illegitimate]; Cerastium tenellum Gaudin ex Ser.; Cerastium tomentosum Bojer [Illegitimate]; Cerastium villosum Steven [Illegitimate]; Cerastium viscosioides Candargy; Cerastium viscosum var. consanguineum (Wedd.) Rohrb.; Cerastium viscosum var. viscosum ; Cerastium vulgatum L. [Invalid]; Cerastium vulgatum var. glomeratum (Thuill.) Edgew. & Hook.f.);
mouse ear chickweed, Large mouse ears, Mouseear chickweed, Sticky Chickweed • Nepali: मुस्काने Musakane;
Annual herbs, 10-45 cm high, glandular-pubescent; flowering shoots erect or ascending. Leaves subsessile, 10-25 x 6-9 mm, oblong, lanceolate, ovate, obovate or elliptic, basal ones sometimes spathulate, obtuse at base, entire and ciliate at margin, obtuse and apiculate at apex, white-hairy. Cymes clustered; flowers lax; bracts lanceolate, ca 5 x 3 mm, herbaceous, hairy; pedicels 2-5 mm long. Sepals lanceolate, acuminate at apex, 4-5 x 1-1.5 mm, pubescent. Petals 2-fid, much longer than sepals, white. Stamens 5(-10). Capsules cylindric, curved above, 8-11 mm long, scarious, straw-coloured, dehiscing by 10 straight teeth; seeds ovoid, ca 0.5 x 0.3 mm, rugose-tubercled, pale brown.
Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
Weed along the roadsides and degraded forest areas in the high ranges
India, Bhutan and Nepal
Cerastium glomeratum is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common names sticky mouse-ear chickweed and clammy chickweed.
It is probably native to Eurasia but it is known on most continents as an introduced species. It grows in many types of habitat.
This is an annual herb growing from a slender taproot. It produces a branched, hairy stem up to 40 or 45 centimeters tall. The hairy leaves are up to 2 or 3 centimeters long. The inflorescence bears as few as 3 or as many as 50 small flowers. The flower has five hairy green sepals which are occasionally red-tipped, and five white two-lobed petals which are a few millimeters long and generally shorter than the sepals. Some flowers lack petals. The fruit is a capsule less than a centimeter long which is tipped with ten tiny teeth.
(From Wikipedia on 10.3.14)
Panipat 2014: Cearstium fontanum for validation:: NS March 07 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).
This chickweed was shot from a nursery in Panipat…
perhaps an introduced wild species, confined only to places where plants brought from other places are kept…
Please help to get exact id..
I took this as Cerastium fontanum based on earlier discussions..
please validate/correct the id.. very close looking species is Cerastium glomeratum..
Yes … It is clearly C. glomeratum on two counts.
Petals are longer than sepals (shorter in C. fontanum)
pedicels are shorter than capsule/flower (much longer in C. fontanum) and flowers appearing like glomerule (not so in C. fontanum).
Thanks a lot Sir, for such a quick and descriptive reply…
Cerastium glomeratum :: Kemmangundi Road :: 13 NOV 2016 :: DVDEC41 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
Kemmangundi Road Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1021 – 1369 m (3349 – 4491 ft) asl
Cerastium glomeratum Thuill. … (family: Caryophyllaceae)
Very nice images … I thought this plant to be a Stellaria sp.
Thanks … for appreciation, and for liking all posts.
Thanks …!! … I could not guess anything about the plant. … helped me with the ID 🙂