Next to the irrigation channel, almost at the highest part of the finca, we saw a number of plants with white flowers that we think to be the cerastium gibraltaricum var. lanuginosum. On the website of the Flora Iberica there is a whole list of synonyms of this plant, cerastium boissieri probably being the most widely used one. This species of mouse-ear chickweed is a member of the carnation family (caryophyllaceae). It forms part of the Ibero-African flora as it can be found in the mountainous regions of the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. The Swiss botanist Edmond Boissier (1810-1885) is regarded as the authority of the botanical name ´cerastium gibraltaricum´.
Today a guest showed her photos of the walk of the ´Acequias de Bérchules´, and it turned out that this species of mouse-ear chickweed can also be seen somewhere along this route.
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