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Arenaria orbiculata Royle ex Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 240. 1874.


Herbs, perennial, with sterile shoots and many flowering shoots; branches decumbent or prostrate, with a line of hairs. Leaves subsessile, orbicular or elliptic, obtuse, acute or apiculate at apex, 2 - 7 mm long, 1-nerved; petioles up to 2 mm long, ciliate. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered cymes. Sepals ovate or lanceolate, 3 - 4 x 1- 1.5 mm, glabrous, 1-nerved. Petals ovate-lanceolate, ca 3 x 1 mm. Styles 3. Capsules 6-valved; seeds many, ca 0.7 mm in diam., dark brown, smooth.

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

Distrib. India: Temperate to alpine Himalayas, 2500 - 5000 m, on rocks. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Pakistan and Bhutan.




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