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Arenaria depauperata (Edgew.) H. Hara in J. Jap. Bot. 51: 129. 1976. Stellaria depauperata Edgew. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 234. 1874. A. bhutanica Majumdar &. Babu in J. Arn. Arb. 50: 626, f. 1. 1969.


Herbs, annual, slender, delicate, suberect, 5 - 10 cm high; stems 4-angular with a line of pubescence upwards. Leaves opposite, sessile, oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate at apex, 5 - 10 x 1.5 - 2 mm, minutely tuberculate, spreading and recurved. Flowers solitary or few; pedicels very slender, 1 - 2.5 cm long, pubescent, recurved in fruit. Sepals 5, free, lanceolate, subacute at apex, 3.8 - 4 x 0.8 - 1(-1.2) mm, broadly scarious-margined. Petals oblong-spathulate, entire, obtuse at apex, 1.5 - 5 mm long, white, sometimes absent. Stamens 10, alternate, 3 - 3.5 mm long; filaments blue, glandular at base; anthers dark purple or blackish. Ovary ovoid, ca 1.2 mm, glabrous; styles 3, papillose. Capsules 6-valved, shorter than sepals; seeds 3 - 6, subreniform, compressed, ca 1 mm broad.

Fl. & Fr. June - Sept.

Distrib. India: Temperate to subalpine regions, 3000 - 5000 m, on rocks. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim.

Nepal and Bhutan.




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