West Highland Flora

Arctic Mouse-ear


Cerastium arcticum

 

Cerastium arcticum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jul 1988 Karsavagge, Sweden)

Rare, wet rock ledges and stony ground in mountains

Flower diameter c 20-25 mm

ID: Petals at least twice as long as sepals. (Other Skye Mouse-ears have them about equal).  10 stamens, 5 styles.  Petals divided about a quarter of the way.  No calyx tube as in Silene species, but sepals joined only at base.

Other features: Sepals have broad brownish or whitish margins.  Bracts are wholly green, leaf-like, some way below the flower.  Stem usually has short spreading yellowish hairs.

 

Cerastium arcticum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Aug 1974 Ben Avon, Cairngorms)

  Cerastium arcticum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Aug 1995 Longyearbyen)


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