Cerastium arvense   Field mouse-ear C DD N

Cerastium arvense

I took this plant to be Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort) at first glance and then I noticed that instead of the long grass-like leaves it had typical Cerastium opposite small, greyish leaves. This grows everywhere in the Breckland and can be quite short with the relatively large flowers on stalks only a few centimetres tall.

Cerastium arvense is found throughout England and Scotland and is commonest in the east. Wales has only a little recorded and the majority of records in Ireland come from the Burren.

Breckland 21st April 2005

Added on 22nd April 2005, updated 27th November 2008, updated 12th March 2010

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