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Arenaria compressa J. McNeill in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 24: 118. 1962. A. trichotoma Royle ex Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 235. 1874, non Boiss. 1853.


Herbs, perennial, dichotomously branched, 30 - 45 cm high; glabrous to finely pubescent. Leaves in distant pairs or somewhat whorled, sessile, linear or linear-lanceolate, 1.2 - 3.6 cm long, glabrous, thick, 1-nerved. Peduncles trichotomous, long, slender, erect. Flowers erect, ca 6 mm across; pedicels slender; bracts scarious. Calyx rounded; sepals ovate-oblong, acute at apex, 3 - 3.5 mm long, glabrous. Petals linear- lanceolate, longer than sepals, white. Stamens 5 fertile, 5 sterile. Capsules thin, with 6 long teeth, coriaceous; seeds ovate-discoid, compressed, winged.

Fl. June.

Distrib. India: Temperate Himalayas, 2400 - 3000 m, on rocks. Himachal Pradesh.

Afghanistan.




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