Cerastium brachypetalum Pers.

Mouse-ear Chickweed

Cerastium brachypetalum plant

Family - Caryophyllaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Cerastium brachypetalum stem

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Cerastium brachypetalum leaves

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Cerastium brachypetalum inflorescence

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Cerastium brachypetalum calyxCalyx.

Cerastium brachypetalum flower

Cerastium brachypetalum fruitFruit and pedicel.

Flowering - March - June.

Habitat - Disturbed sites, lawns, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This little annual species can be found in scattered Missouri counties and is becoming more with time.
Many species of Cerastium look alike and can be hard to differentiate. Sometimes minute details such as cilia at the base of the tiny petals are needed to differentiate species. Typically plants need to be collected in both flower and fruit to get a proper identification.
C. brachypetalum can be identified by its annual habit, dense hairs, ciliate-based petals, and long fruiting pedicels. When growing in sunny areas, the plant typically has a distinct grayish appearance. In shady areas, the grayish appearance is mostly absent.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Lee County, AL., 3-20-06 and 3-22-06.