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Image of Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cerastium arvense

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, El Bolsón, Chile
Altitude: 1640 m. 11 26, 2006

 

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Species:  Cerastium arvense L.
Family:  Caryophyllaceae Identification OK, but we will check it just in case. Certainty 99 %.   
Order:  Caryophyllales
Chilean Name:  Cuernecita
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0510
About 3 Cerastium in Chile and 3 in our data base.
About 57 Caryophyllaceae in Chile and 23 in our data base.

 

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1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 5 petals      Perennial     

Foreign    Very Frequent

Height: 30 cm.

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cerastium arvense

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, El Bolsón, Chile
Altitude: 1640 m. 11 26, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 30 cm.

 

Image of Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cerastium arvense

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, El Bolsón, Chile
Altitude: 1640 m. 11 26, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cerastium arvense

VII Region, El Melado, Chile
Altitude: 1500-2000 m. 12 17, 2006

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

Useful properties:

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Image of Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Cerastium arvense

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, Aduana Checkpoint, Chile
Altitude: 700 m. 10 21, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (20) of Cerastium arvense L. available here

More species from the same Caryophyllaceae family in our data base:

Arenaria rivularis

Arenaria serpens

Cardionema ramosissimum

Cerastium arvense (Cuernecita)

Cerastium fontanum

Cerastium montioides

Colobanthus quitensis

Paronchyia sp. #1761

Petrorhagia prolifera

Pycnophyllum bryoides (Llaretilla/Tacsana)

Pycnophyllum molle

Pycnophyllum sp. #1695

Saponaria officinalis (Jabonera / Saponaria)

Scleranthus sp. #2331

Silene andicola

Silene chilensis

Silene gallica (Calabacillo)

Spergularia

Spergularia sp. #1701

Spergularia sp. #1062

Spergularia sp. #2004

Stellaria chilensis (quilloiquilloi)

Stellaria media (Quilloi-quilloi)

 

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