Shortstalk Chickweed - Cerastium brachypodum
Cerastium nutans var. brachypodum
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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).
WA, OR and NV east to MI, VA, south to AZ, TX and GA (Kartesz in prep. 2012).
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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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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.