Scientific Name:
Cerastium tomentosum L., Sp. Pl. 440 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Snow in summer

Perennial, with caespitose rosette and prostrate non-flowering axillary branches, densely white-tomentose in all aerial vegetative parts. Flowering stems erect, 10–40 cm tall. Lvs lanceolate to linear, narrowed to base, 20–40–(50) × (2)–5–10 mm. Infl. lax; pedicels > sepals, densely tomentose. Bracts broad-oblong, with scarious margins, tomentose beneath and on margin. Sepals broad-oblong, with scarious margins, tomentose beneath, 4–7–(8) mm long. Petals c. 2× length of sepals. Styles (2.5)–3–4 mm long. Capsule cylindric, 2× length of calyx. Seeds c. 2 mm long, tuberculate.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Jan.; Fruiting: Jan.–Mar.