Plant ID forum: Which Chickweed?

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 6, 2012 6:23 PM CST
~ Editing this original post to say the plant has been identified as Tropical Mexican Clover (Richardia brasiliensis)

Ok gang ... I've got this Chickweed growing in flowerbeds in my yard and I can't decide which one it is. It's low growing and has hairy stems (hairs all the way around) and little hairs on the leaves so I'm thinking it's Cerastium glomeratum ("Sticky Chickweed"/"Mouse Ear Chickweed") but I'm not certain because it doesn't really feel sticky. I've read that C. glomeratum grows more upright but this one definitely has a low, trailing, mat like growth. I don't think it's Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) because that one has hairs only on one side of the stem. Anyone recognize this one?


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Name: jennifer
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flowersrjen
Jun 7, 2012 12:07 AM CST
def not mouse ear
http://njaes.rutgers.edu/weeds/weed.asp?mouseearchickweed
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2012 7:06 AM CST
Jennifer: The Chickweed in your link (Cerastium vulgatum) is another one with the common name of "Mouse Ear" Chickweed. I think mine might be Cerastium glomeratum, also with the common name of Mouse-Ear Chickweed, and other common names of Sticky Chickweed, Mouse-eared Chickweed, Large Mouse Ears Chickweed and Sticky Mouse Ear Chickweed. Geesh ... no wonder common names confuse things. Smiling

These photo's of Cerastium glomeratum sure look like the plant I have growing in my yard: http://www.researchlearningcenter.org/bloom/mobile/species/C...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 7, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Lin, take a closer look at the flowers on yours, they look to belong to Scrophulariaceae but I can't be certain, there's a lot of genera in the family.

http://luirig.altervista.org/famiglienam/scrophulariaceae.ht...
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Janet: Thanks so much for your input on this one ... I will look through those to see if I can find a match!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Ok ... doing more research I found another one that really looks like the plant in question. Richardia scabra, commonly called Florida Pusley. What do you think?

http://www.alabamaplants.com/Whiteopp/Richardia_scabra_page....

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1608
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Thanks for the input on this one. I'm going to mark this thread "Done" because upon further research I'm pretty much convinced that my plant in question is definitely Richardia and more than likely R. brasiliensis, commonly called Tropical Mexican Clover. It's found all over the state of Florida ... click on Fullscreen Slideshow at the upper right of this page to view photo's of this plant for comparison:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=78
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 7, 2012 3:23 PM CST
I think you got it Lin! I was surprised at the shape of the flowers, they look different in your photos but they are probably not fully open? Some good shots of Richardia brasiliensis on this site, showing the backs also ..

http://sophy.u-3mrs.fr/Afriqsud/HI98.HTM
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Janet! Thanks for that link ... those are great photo's for comparison and it looks identical to whats growing in my yard! Yes, the flowers in my photo's are not fully open. I notice on some of the plants in the yard the flowers look to be chewed.
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