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Arenaria serpyllifolia L., Sp. Pl. 423. 1753; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 239. 1874.


Herbs, annual, small; stems branched from base, 10 - 30 cm high; branches slender suberect or decumbent, hairy with often recurved hairs. Leaves subsessile, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate at apex, 5 - 7 mm long, stiff with scattered bristles. Flowers numerous, in cymes, 5 - 7 mm across; pedicels slender, erect; bracts herbaceous. Sepals 5, free, ovate-Ianceolate, acute at apex, 3 - 4 x 1 mm, 3 - 5-nerved, bristly. Petals 5, narrowly obovate, entire, ca 1.5 x 0.8 mm, white. Stamens 10. Styles 3. Capsules flask-shaped with a hard wall, 6-valved, ca 3.5 mm long; seeds many, rounded-reniform 0.5 - 0.7 mm in diam., dark brown, papillose.

Fl. March - Aug.; Fr. June - Sept.

Distrib. India: Subtropical and temperate regions, 1000 - 3200 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Pakistan, Nepal, China (Tibet), temperate Asia, Australia, Europe and N. America.





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