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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in cymose inflorescences, or sometimes solitary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, emarginate, sometimes absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5–10
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles (3–)5(–6)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule cylindric, longer than sepals, with twice as many teeth as styles.
Distribution
Genus of some 220 species, almost cosmopolitan.

[FTEA]

Caryophyllaceae, W. B. Turrill. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1956

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs or, rarely, subshrubs
Morphology Stem
Stems simple or branched
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, flat or rarely subulate, entire, exstipulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal, dichotomous, often umbelliform occasionally with solitary flowers; bracts herbaceous or membranous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers hermaphrodite, tetramerous or pentamerous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free, with membranous margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, emarginate or bifid, sometimes absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5 + 5, or fewer by reduction
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Styles usually 4–5, ovules numerous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule cylindric, often curved, longer than the sepals, with 8 or 10 teeth which are equal, short, erect or revolute.

[FZ]

Caryophyllaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, rarely small shrubs.
Morphology Stem
Stems simple or dichotomously branched.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, sessile or subsessile, flat or rarely subulate, entire, exstipulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal, dichotomous, often umbelliform, occasionally with solitary flowers; bracts herbaceous or with membranous margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual, 4-merous or 5-merous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free with membranous margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, emarginate or bifid, sometimes absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5 + 5 or fewer by reduction.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary multiovulate; styles (3) 4–5, free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ellipsoid to cylindric, often somewhat curved, longer than the persistent sepals, or rarely as long as the sepals, opening by 6–10 apical, equal, short, erect or revolute teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± numerous, laterally somewhat flattened, discoid or reniform, granular or verrucose.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Albania, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Algeria, Altay, Amur, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Assam, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Is., Finland, France, Free State, Føroyar, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Labrador, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Louisiana, Madagascar, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Malawi, Malaya, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Guinea, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ogasawara-shoto, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Qinghai, Québec, Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Amsterdam-St.Paul Is, Antipodean Is., Ascension, Bermuda, Chatham Is., Crozet Is., Dominican Republic, Easter Is., Florida, Haiti, Honduras, Juan Fernández Is., Kerguelen, Kermadec Is., Macquarie Is., Marion-Prince Edward, Mauritius, Mexican Pacific Is., New Caledonia, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Nicaragua, Norfolk Is., Pitcairn Is., Rhode I., Somalia, South Georgia, St.Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Tubuai Is.

Cerastium Tourn. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sanford, W.W. [5415], Cameroon K000106593

First published in Sp. Pl.: 438 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 1: 140.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 199 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 437 (1753)

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. G. Gilbert [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5, 199 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl. 437 (1753)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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