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Arenaria bryophylla Fernald in Rhodora 21: 5. 1919. A. musciformis wallich ex Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 237. 1874, non Triana & Planchon 1862.

Herbs, forming matted hard dense glabrous tufts; roots long and hard; stems very short, densely leafy. Leaves subulate with a broad scarious sheathing base, 4.5 - 8.5 mm long, spreading, recurved, rigid, subsquarrose, minutely ciliate, 1-nerved beneath. Flowers solitary, sessile, ca 8.5 mm across. Calyx narrow, somewhat truncate and hard at base; sepals oblong-lanceolate, acute at apex, 7 - 8 mm long, broadly scarious-margined, green, 3-nerved. Petals linear-obovate, rounded at apex, longer than sepals, persistent. Styles 3. Capsules globose, 6-valved.

Fl. Aug. - Sept.; Fr. Oct.

Distrib. India: Alpine Himalayas, 4200 - 5200 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Nepal and China (Tibet).

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