Common Names:- None
Synonyms:- Cerastium obtusifolium, Cerastium varians subsp.
Meaning:- Cerastium (Gr) Horned, (the fruiting capsule's shape).
Semidecandrum (L) With (about) five stamens.
General description:- Procumbent to erect annual.
1) Up to 20 cm, with eglandular and dense glandular hairs, rarely glabrous.
1) Up to 18 mm.
2) Basal oblanceolate.
3) Cauline ovate to broadly elliptical.
1) Pedicels equalling or slightly longer than the sepals; usually with dense glandular
and a few eglandular hairs.
2) Bracts sometimes almost entirely dry, paper-like (scarious), always scarious
in the upper 1/3.
3) Sepals 3-5 mm, lanceolate, acute, with wide scarious margins; usually with
dense glandular and a few eglandular hairs.
4) Petals shorter than the sepals, slightly notched.
1) Capsule 4·5-7 mm.
2) Seeds 0·4-0·5 mm, yellowish-brown, finely tuberculate.
1) Upper bracts scarious at least in the upper 1/3.
Habitat:- Sandy fields, dry gravelly slopes, coastal habitats, on various substrates.
Distribution:- Throughout Greece, especially in the north. - Widespread in Europe
and SW Asia. On Crete confined mainly to the four massifs. not common.
Flowering time:- Mar to early May.
Photos by:- By kind permission of Saxifraga - Free Nature Images.