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Arenaria oreophila Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 238. 1874.

Herbs, densely caespitose, forming small compact hemispherical tufts; stems short, densely leafy. Leaves spreading, narrowly linear-subulate, sheathing at base, acute at apex, 12 - 13 mm long, quite glabrous, rigid, recurved; uppermost pair short, bract-like, ciliolate. Flowers solitary, ca 6 mm across; pediccls stout, shorter than calyx, puberulous. Calyx rounded and thickened at base; sepals oblong-orbicular, concave, ca 4 x 1.5 mm, minutely ciliate, coriaceous, nerveless. Petals obovate-spathulate, very narrow, rounded at apex, twice as long as sepals. Filaments slender; disc-glands prominent. Styles short. Capsules broadly ovoid, obtuse, 6-valved up to base, rather exceeding sepals, coriaceous; seeds somewhat auriform.

Fl. July - Aug.

Distrib. India: Alpine regions, ca 5400 m. Sikkim.

Bhutan and China (Tibet).

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