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Arenaria pulvinata Edgew. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 238. 1874.


Herbs, densely caespitose; branches densely leafy. Leaves semiterete, subulate, with scarious sheathing base, abruptly mucronate at apex, convex on the back, 3 - 5 x 1 mm, strongly ciliate along margins, spreading, pale green. Flowers subsessile. Calyx rounded and thickened at base; sepals ovate-lanceolate, subacute at apex, 4 - 5 x 1.3 - 1.7 mm, hard and scarious-margined; nerves 3, close together in the middle. Petals obovate, 6 - 10 x 2 mm. Styles 3, slender. Capsules ovoid, 6-valved, ca 3 x 1.5 mm; seeds ovate or reniform, nearly smooth.

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

Distrib. India: Alpine regions, 4500 - 5500 m, on rocks. Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan and China (Tibet).




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