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Cerastium texanum

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Distribution: Good (1987) gives a rather wide range of Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja del Sur in Mexico. In the U.S. it ranges from southeast AZ, southwest NM to the Edwards Plateau in TX.

Plants Seen or Cited: New Mexico Natural Heritage Program records are: Socorro Co. (McIntosh, Wagner); Valencia Co. (McIntosh); Catron Co. (Fletcher); Hidalgo Co. (Spellenberg).

Habitat: This is an annual species that occupies lower elevations than other members of the genus, but can get up into mixed conifer forest.

Discussion: This species is infrequently collected in NM, but it is widespread across northwest Mexico and southwest U.S.

Important Literature:

Good, D.A. 1987. Revision of the Mexican and Central American species of Cerastium. Rhodora 86:339-379.

Information Compiled By: Robert Sivinski, 1998

Photo credits in header Peniocereus greggii var. greggii © T. Todsen,
Lepidospartum burgessii © M. Howard, Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta © R. Sivinski
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