Calflora
Taxon  Report   1872    
Cerastium fontanum  Baumg.  ssp. vulgare  (Hartm.) Greuter & Burdet
Big chickweed,  Common chickweed, Mouseear chickweed
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
© 2003 Steve Matson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
© 2003 Steve Matson
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
© 2008 Steve Matson
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: meadows, disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cerastium adsurgens
PLANTS: Cerastium fontanum ssp. holosteoides
PLANTS: Cerastium fontanum ssp. triviale
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More information about  Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CEFOV2)

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Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Oct 19, 2018).

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