Description of the genus
Annual or perennial herbs. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, sessile. Inflorescence of terminal, cymose clusters. Flowers 4-5-merous. Sepals free. Petals white, emarginate or 2-fid up to halfway, sometimes 0. Stamens usually 5 (in ours). Styles 5, opposite the sepals. Capsule longer than the sepals, opening by twice as many short teeth as styles.
Worldwide: c.100 spp., almost cosmopolitan.
Other sources of information about Cerastium:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Cerastium pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): CerastiumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CerastiumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CerastiumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CerastiumKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cerastium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=567, retrieved 18 June 2013