Sticky Mouse-ear - Cerastium glomeratum

    Description

    Low to short, yellowish green stickily hairy plant. Leaves oval to elliptical, bracts leaf-like. Flowers 5 to 8 mm often not fully opening, the petals shallowly notched.

    Similar Species

    other Mouse-ear Chickweeds, and Chickweeds (Stellaria)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Annual, so all shoots produce flowers; 5 styles; petals as long as sepals; plant is hairy, with glandular hairs abundant on the sepals; bracts herbaceous

    Recording advice

    A general photo of the plant and a close-up of flowers, including side-on to show sepals

    Habitat

    Arable land, pathways, roadside verges.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 288 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, frequent

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map