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Shortstalk Chickweed - Cerastium brachypodum
Other Names:  Cerastium nutans var. brachypodum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Annuals up to 35 cm tall; short glandular-pubescent above; stems single or branching from base. Leaves mostly lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, the lower ones sometimes ovate to obovate, 5-30 mm long. Flowers in compact to open dichasial cymes (or rarely solitary), typically clustered at tips of branches. Sepals lanceolate, 3-4.5 mm long, glandular or glabrate, herbaceous or narrowly scarious-margined; petals shorter than to twice as long as sepals or absent. Capsules 6-12 mm long, straight or upcurved (adapted from: Larson, 1986, in Flora of the Great Plains).

Species Range

Range Comments
WA, OR and NV east to MI, VA, south to AZ, TX and GA (Kartesz in prep. 2012).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Dry or wet grasslands, open areas, roadsides and disturbed areas; often where rocky or sandy (Larson, 1986, Flora of the Great Plains).

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Shortstalk Chickweed — Cerastium brachypodum.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from