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

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