Cerastium beeringianum

(Bering Chickweed)


Cerastium beeringianum, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 4867


Cerastium beeringianum, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 4863

Scientific Name Cerastium arvense ssp. strictum USDA PLANTS Symbol CEARS2
Common Name Alpine Chickweed, Alpine Mouse-ear ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 523825
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5200 to 14000 ft.); open areas, rocky areas, hillsides, meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial with weak stems 2 to 8 inches tall growing in patches.
Leaves: Narrow stem leaves are linear or lanceolate to oblong, 1/4 to 1 inch long, deeply veined, with pointed tips; almost smooth to softly pubescent-hairy, sometimes glandular. Small tufts of leaves in lower leaf axils.
Inflorescence: Clusters of small white flowers atop somewhat hairy pedicels, each about 1/2-inch across with 5 deeply notched petals and yellow-green throat, 2 times as long as sepals; softly pubescent sepals, narrowly lanceolate to lance-elliptic.
Bloom Period: May to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, SW Colorado Wildflowers and Flora of North America.
BONAP Distribution Map

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