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This genus of herbaceous plants contains around 200 species which are mainly found in temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Cerastium fontanum (mouse-eared chickweed) and several others are considered agricultural weeds, affecting crops like cereals or potatoes. The plants have often elliptical leaves and white flowers with 5 deeply divided petals.
Type species: Cerastium lineare
Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: