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Arenaria densissima Wallich ex Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 239. 1874. Cherleria juniperina D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nep. 214. 1825, non Arenaria juniperina Villars 1789, nee Thuill. 1799.

Herbs, densely caespitose; roots long, woody; stems crowded, densely leafy, 7 - 10 cm long. Leaves ovate or subulate-lanceolate, abruptly acuminate at apex, concave, 6.5 - 8.5 mm long, up to 2 mm broad, glabrous along margins, recurved, pungent, shiny, nerveless Flowers small, solitary axillary shortly pedicellate; bracts elliptic, mucronate, concave. Sepals ovate, subacute at apex, ca 2.5 mm long. Petals linear-spathulate, very narrow, 4 - 5 x 1.25 mm. Capsules globose, ca 2 mm in diam.

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

Distrib. India: Alpine regions, 4000 - 5000 m, on rocks. Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan and China (Tibet).

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