Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Cerastium:
Cerastium nutans
Page Authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
nodding chickweed 
Blooms: April-June
Habit: herb
Duration: annual,perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to Oregon, south in the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico and Arizona, east to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Dry to moist banks and woodlands.
Species Description:

General: Glandular-pubescent annual with 1 to several simple or basally branched, decumbent to erect stems 5-20 cm. long.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, the basal and lower cauline spatulate to oblanceolate, 7-25 mm. long, broadly short-petiolate; cauline leaves several pairs, linear-lanceolate to ovate, sessile.
Flowers: Flowers several in a loose, leafy, bracteate cyme; pedicles slender, 5-20 mm. long, spreading to ascending by sharply deflexed near the tip; sepals 5, 3-5 mm. long; petals white, from slightly shorter to half again as long as the sepals, sometimes lacking; styles 5, distinct to the base, opposite the sepals; stamens 10.
Fruits: Capsule cylindric, 2-3 times as long as the calyx.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Cerastium nutans Rafinesque
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Cerastium nutans
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Cerastium nutans specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Cerastium nutans specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Cerastium nutans treatment.

E-Flora BC: Cerastium nutans atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cerastium nutans images.

USDA Plants Database: Cerastium nutans.
Additional photographs of Cerastium nutans:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

Robert L. Carr, 2009

Robert L. Carr

Robert L. Carr

Gary Brill, 2015

Gary Brill, 2015

Craig Althen, 2010
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