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Cerastium cerastoides (L.) Britton in Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 5: 152. 1894. Stellaria cerastoides L., Sp. Pl. 422. 1753. Cerastium trigynum Villars, Hist. Pl. Dauphine 3: 645. 1789; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 227. 1874.


Herbs, perennial; stems slender, glabrous except for a line of short hairs; flowering shoots 10 - 30 cm high. Leaves linear to lanceolate, obtuse at apex, 6 - 18 x 0.5 - 2 mm, usually curved, pale green. Cymes few-flowered; pedicels slender, glandular-pubescent; bracts leaf-like. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 4 - 5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, 1-nerved. Petals 2-lobed, ca 9 mm long,. white. Styles usually 3. Capsules 6-valved, 7 - 9 mm long; seeds ca 0.5 mm in diam., brown with 8 rows of dorsal tubercles.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India.: Alpine Himalayas, above 2700 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan, Russia, Africa, W. Asia and Europe.





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