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2. Cerastium dichotomum L., Sp. Pl. 438. 1753. Boiss. Fl. Or. 1:721. 1867; Aitch. in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 18:37. 1880; Burkill, Work. List Pl. Baluch. 15. 1908; Blatter & Fernandez in J. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. 36(4): 1938; Schischkin, l.c. 447; Mizushima in Kitam., l.c.; J. Cullen, l.c. 81; Stewart, l.c.


  • Cerastium inflatum Link

    Perennial, (6-) 10-15 cm with dichotomous or divaricate branching stems densely pilose, often glandular. Leaves 10-35 x 2-10 mm, pilose, oblong-lanceolate, apex obtuse, base sessile. Bracts herbaceous. Inflorescence a lax or condensed cyme. Pedicel as long as or shorter than the calyx, densely pilose. Calyx somewhat inflated in fruit. Sepals 8-12 mm, ovate-lanceolate, acute, glandular-pilose, margin scarious. Petals white, as long as or shorter than the sepals, bilobed. Capsule 18-20 mm, about twice the length of the sepals, teeth flat. Seeds c. 1 mm, subreniform, with low rounded tubercles.

    Fl. Per.: March-April.

    Type: Described from Spain, Hb. Linn. 603/11 (LINN).

    Distribution. S. Europe, N.W. Africa, Greece, Cyprus, W. Syria, Caucasia, Iran, Turkestan, Pakistan.

    Subsp. inflatum (Link) Cullen (Cerastium inflatum Link) is recognised with laxer cymes and a. much inflated calyx in fruit. Since many intermediates are found in our species, I have kept them all under C. dichotomum.

    Easily distinguished by its dichotomous branching and long exserted capsules. Found in wheat fields and pastures.


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