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Cerastium glomeratum   (Broad-leaved Mouse-Ear)

Cerastium glomeratum  (CARYOPHYLLACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Cerastium glomeratum - datasheet created on Oct-2007. Retrieved from on 23-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Cerastium glomeratumThuill.
Published in Fl. Paris ed. 2, 226 (1799)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Cerastium acutatum Suksd.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Caryophyllaceae Juss. (The Pink or Carnation Family)
39 species from the Caryophyllaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Broad-leaved Mouse-Ear, Sticky Mouse-Ear, Sticky Chickweed

Maltese name(s) :

Widen il-ġurdien idellek

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent    Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

January – April

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :


Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Dry, open habitats
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Annual up to 30(-45) cm; stem with eglandular and glandular hairs. Leaves 5-25 mm, the lower oblanceolate to obovate, the cauline ovate or ovate-elliptical, obtuse, hairy. Flowers in compact, cymose clusters; pedicels shorter than the sepals; bracts herbaceous. Sepals 4-5 mm, lanceolate, acute, with a narrow, scarious margin, with glandular hairs and eglandular hairs exceeding the apex; petals more or less equalling or shorter than the sepals (rarely absent), bifid for up to 1/4 their length; stamens 10; styles 5. Capsule 6-10 mm. Seeds 0.4-0.5 mm, pale brown, finely tuberculate.
Chromosome number: 2n=72
Distributional range: Throughout Europe except the north-east

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
All Europe except Finland, Russia and former USSR, Svalbard archipelago
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? Ab(A) AE(G) Ag Al Ar Au(A) Az Be Bl(I M N) Br Bu dCa(C F G H L P T) Co Cr Ct Cy Da ?Eg Es Fa Ga(F) Ge Gr Hb(E) He Ho Hs(A S) Hu IJ Is It Li LS Lt Lu Ma Md(D M P) Mk No Po Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sl Sn Su Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K U) [Az(C F G J L M P S T) Fe]

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Species Images (12 images)
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-0.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-1.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-2.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-3.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-4.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-5.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-6.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-7.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-8.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-9.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-10.
   Cerastium glomeratum   -   Image Code: CRSGL-11.

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