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Cerastium biebersteinii

Cerastium biebersteinii , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Caryophyllaceae
Tribus: Alsineae
Genus: Cerastium
Species: Cerastium biebersteinii

Cerastium biebersteinii DC., Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 1: 436 1823.

Cerastium biebersteinii subsp. transcaucasicum Buschmann
Cerastium repens Bieb.
Cerastium tomentosum Georgi

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Regional: Southeastern Europe

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

De Candolle, A.P., 1823. Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 1:436.


Hassler, M. 2019. Cerastium biebersteinii. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug. 31. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Cerastium biebersteinii in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug. 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Cerastium biebersteinii. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 31 2019. 2019. Cerastium biebersteinii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Aug. 31.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Cerastium biebersteinii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: boreal chickweed

Cerastium biebersteinii, the boreal chickweed, is an ornamental plant in the genus Cerastium and the family Caryophyllaceae. It is an endemic of the Crimea. The species is named after a German botanist Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein.


The plant is perennial and herbaceous. The stem is 15–25 centimeters high.

The leaves are whitish and tomentose, flat or linear prolonged, a bit acute, smooth-edged 0,2–3 centimeters long and 1–9 millimeters wide.

The flowers are white, 1,5–2,2 centimeters in diameter, situated in cymes on top of the sprout. Blooming period is from the end of April to the end of May.

The Crimea is the unique natural habitat of this plant. It is also present in Crimean yaila grass.

The species is included into the Red Book of the Ukraine, the red Book of the Crimea and the European Red List. It is preserved and grown on the territory of such environmental facilities as Crimean natural reservation, Yalta mountain-forest natural reservation, Karabi-Yayla plateau (natural monument).

The plant is used for ornamental purposes.
Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

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