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Jun 6, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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~ 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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Jun 7, 2012 12:07 AM CST
Name: jennifer
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Jun 7, 2012 7:06 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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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.researchlearningcen...
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Jun 7, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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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/f...
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Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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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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Jun 7, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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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/W...

http://florida.plantatlas.usf....
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Jun 7, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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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....
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Jun 7, 2012 3:23 PM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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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/Afriqsu...
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Jun 7, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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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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