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Taxon: Cerastium fontanum Baumg.

Genus: Cerastium
Family: Caryophyllaceae subfamily: Alsinoideae tribe: Alsineae
Nomen number: 417490
Place of publication: Enum. stirp. transsilv. 1:425. 1816
Name verified on: 29-Aug-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 17-Jun-2008
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • common mouse-ear   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • common mouse-ear chickweed   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • mouse-ear chickweed   (Source: F Canada [as C. vulgatum]) – English   [Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare]
  • céraiste commun   (Source: F NAmer [as C. fontanum]) – French   [Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare]
  • céraiste commun   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • Quellen-Hornkraut   (Source: Zander Ency [as C. fontanum]) – German   [Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare]
  • hönsarv   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare]

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco
    Western Asia: Turkey
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
  • naturalized throughout temperate regions

  • exact native range obscure




Check other web resources for Cerastium fontanum Baumg.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (31 August 2015)

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