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Cerastium fontanum Baumg.

Mouse-ear chickweed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCaryophyllaceaePink or carnation family
GenusCerastiumFrom the Greek keras, “a horn,” referring to the shape of the seed capsule

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Cerastium fontanum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cerastium fontanum (mouse-ear chickweed)

5/23/2021 · Tom and Susan’s, Highland Green, Topsham, Maine · ≈ 3 × 5″ (8.4 × 12 cm)


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