Cerastium arvense

Family (Traditional)Caryophyllaceae
Species:Cerastium arvense L.
Common NameField Chickweed
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Free Central; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 10
C value 4
StatusNative; AGCP (FACU), EMP (UPL) (NWPL); TN[S1] KY[S1S2] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Cerastium arvense var. strictum Cerastium arvense var. strictum

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Hickman (KY), Jessamine (KY), Menifee (KY), Hamilton (TN), Maury (TN), Rutherford (TN), Wilson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: HTTU, MDKY, MTSU, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1980 - 1992

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0092811 Maury Tennessee
Cerastium arvense
MDKY00008885 Menifee Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
HTTU006333 Hickman Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
HTTU013940 Hickman Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
HTTU013938 Wilson Tennessee
Cerastium arvense
HTTU013939 Hickman Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
TENN-V-0092845 Jessamine Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
UCHT011339 Hamilton Tennessee
Cerastium arvense
MTSU022515 Rutherford Tennessee 09 Apr 1992 Theresa DePalo
Cerastium arvense
HTTU006334 Hickman Kentucky
Cerastium arvense
MTSU022517 Rutherford Tennessee 17 Apr 1980 Beatrice Twesigye
Cerastium arvense
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