Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC, rare in GA-SC

Look for it in alluvial forests, bottomlands, moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
White or absent
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals (or petals absent)
5 or 10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Yellow
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cerastium nutans   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cerastium nutans var. nutans   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-08-005a:
Cerastium nutans var. nutans   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cerastium longepedunculatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed


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image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_celo6_001_lvd

        

image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

Kevin Caldwell    kev_c_nutans4

April    Buncombe County    NC

Sepals ~1/5" long & pointed; petals bisected, as long or longer than sepals, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

Kevin Caldwell    kev_c_nutans5

April    Buncombe County    NC

The stem is somewhat pubescent, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

Kevin Caldwell    kev_c_nutans6

April    Buncombe County    NC

Leaves are elliptic to lanceolate, sessile to nearly clasping, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

Kevin Caldwell    kev_c_nutans7

April    Buncombe County    NC

Leaves 1.5-2" long and 1/4" wide, with a somewhat acute tip, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Cerastium nutans, Nodding Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nodding Chickweed

Kevin Caldwell    kev_c_nutans8

April    Buncombe County    NC

Pedicels long and slender (1-1.5"), much longer than the flower and capsule, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.