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Cerastium alpinum L., Sp. Pl. 438. 1753; Kachroo et al., Fl. Ladakh 62. 1977.

Herbs, perennial, 7 - 20 cm high, glabrous or hairy. Leaves ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute or obtuse at apex, ca 10 x 5 mm. Flowers 1 - 5; pedicels 1 - 4 cm long; bracts acute, scarious-margined. Sepals truncate at base, acute at apex, 7 - 10 mm long. Petals 2-fid, twice as long as sepals, white. Capsules narrow, slightly curved upwards, 8 - 14 mm long; seeds 1 - 1.4 mm in diam., acutely tuberculate.

Fl. May - June.

Distrib. India: Alpine Himalayas. Jammu & Kashmir.

Russia (Siberia), Arctic and subarctic Europe.

Notes. It is included on the basis of Kachroo et al. (l. c.) who reports its occurrence in Ladakh.

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