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Arenaria melandryiformis F. Williams in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 38: 402. 1909.


Herbs, perennial, glandular-pubescent or finely purplish pilose; stems simple or branched, lax, suberect, 6 - 15 cm high. Leaves in distant pairs, sessile, oblong-elliptic, spathulate or lanceolate, obtuse to subacute at apex, 5 - 17 x 2 - 3 mm. Flowers solitary, terminal, nodding; pedicels 1.5 - 2 cm long curved in flower, becoming erect, up to 4.5 cm long m fruit. Sepals obtuse at apex, somewhat recurved, 5 - 7 x 1 - 2 mm, green, dark purplish pubescent, not scarious. Petals linear to oblanceolate, narrowed and clawed at base, rounded at apex, 7 - 10 x 1.5 - 3.5 mm. Stamens 5 - 6 mm long. Styles 2 - 3. Capsules ovoid, 4 - 6-valved, 7 - 9 mm long; young seeds broadly winged.

Fl. July - Aug.; Fr. Sept.

Distrib. India: Alpine regions, 4200 - 6000 m, in sandy or stony grasslands. Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan and China (Tibet).




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