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Camp Wood - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cerastium fontanum - common mouse-ear chickweed

Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Caryophyllaceae

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Camp Wood
Sue Smith
Camp Wood
Sue Smith
Plant - spring
Camp Wood
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Biennial or perennial
General Desc: Tufted to mat forming with flowering stems erect from the base. The small white flowers form a loose cluster at the top of the stems. It is a common weed nationwide introduced from Europe.
Identification notes: Curved cylindric fruit capsules with 10 teeth; 10 stamens and 5 styles; bracts with membraneous margins; all shoots producing flowers; often stoloniferous branches.
Height: To 16 inches


Habitat Description: Lawns, roadsides, pastures, open woodlands, wastelands.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2500 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: The white flowers have a greenish center, 5 deeply notched 2-lobed petals and 5 yellow stamens. They are to 1/2 inch wide in a small loose cluster at the top of the flower stalk.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Yellowish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The oval to oblong leaves are very hairy and stalkless to 3/4 inch long. Sticky hairs on the stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: The capsule is elongated, cylindric and curves upward to 1/2 inch long. At maturity, it splits open at the tip to release its seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds are reddish-brown, rough and more or less flattened to about 1/32 inch long.

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