Taxon  Report   1869 
Cerastium arvense  L.
Field chickweed,  Meadow chickweed
Cerastium arvense
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Cerastium arvense
© 2014 Steve Matson
Cerastium arvense
© 2014 John Doyen
Cerastium arvense, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Cerastium arvense
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Genus: Cerastium
Subspecies and Varieties:
Northern Coastal Scrub, Coastal Prairie, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, wetland-riparian
Habitat: streambanks [Walker]
Wetlands:Equally likely to occur in wetlands or non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   2.1 (weak indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
More information about  Cerastium arvense
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 22, 2016).

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