Cerastium nutans var. obtectum

Kearney & Peebles
J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 29: 475. 1939.
Basionym: Cerastium sericeum S. Watson Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 20: 354. 1885,
Synonyms: Cerastium diehlii M. E. Jones
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 87. Mentioned on page 85.

Stems erect, stout, with straggling basal shoots, glandular and viscid distrally, woolly-pubescent proximally, sometimes densely so. Leaves often marcescent, sessile; midstem leaves with blades narrowly lanceolate-triangular, broadest at base (similar to C. fastigiatum but broader), 25–32 × 4–7 mm, apex mostly acute, woolly-pubescent, sometimes densely so. Pedicels 1.5–3 times as long as capsule. Flowers: sepals 5–6 mm; petals ca. 1.5 times as long as sepals. Capsules 12–13 × 3 mm. 2n = 34.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Sandy canyons and washes, ponderosa pine woodlands, among rocks in arid uplands
Elevation: 2000-3000


As pointed out by Kearney and Peebles, var. obtectum tends to intergrade with var. nutans. Its status requires further study. It and Cerastium fastigiatum appear to replace the type variety in Arizona and New Mexico, but extreme plants of var. obtectum are infrequent and most of the material that I have examined is more or less intermediate with the type variety.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


John K. Morton +
Kearney & Peebles +
Cerastium sericeum +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +  and Mexico. +
2000-3000 +
Sandy canyons and washes, ponderosa pine woodlands, among rocks in arid uplands +
Flowering summer. +
J. Wash. Acad. Sci. +
Weedy +  and Illustrated +
Cerastium diehlii +
Cerastium nutans var. obtectum +
Cerastium nutans +
variety +