Common Names:- None
Meaning:- Cerastium (Gr) Horned, (the fruiting capsule's shape).
Dichotomum (Gr) Divided into two equal portions, equal-branched,
split into two.
General description:- Erect annual.
Stem:- 8-20 cm; densely viscid-glandular, sparingly branched.
1) Middle cauline, 12-25 mm, more or less linear-oblong, subacute.
2) Upper sometimes ovate-lanceolate, densely viscid-glandular.
1) Pedicels, shorter than the sepals.
2) Bracts, herbaceous.
3) Sepals 7-10 mm, more or less lanceolate, acute, densely viscid-glandular,
without eglandular hairs.
4) Petals 6-7 mm, shortly bifid.
5) Stamens 5.
1) Capsule 15-22 mm.
2) Seeds 1 mm, chestnut-brown, tuberculate.
1) Sepals 9-12 mm.
2) Capsule more than15 mm.
Habitat:- Traditionally managed cereal fields, olive groves and vineyards, generally
in deep reddish-brown clay. 100-1100 m.
Distribution:- Scattered in E Peloponnisos and E mainland. - Widespread in the
Mediterranean region and SW Asia, but vanishing over much of it's range. Fairly
rare on Crete known only from the Dikti mountains.
Flowering time:- Late Mar to early May.
Photos by:- A. N. Other.