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Minuartia sedoides (L.) Hiern in J. Bot. 37: 321. 1899; Majumdar & Giri in Candollea 38: 347. 1983. Cherleria sedoides L., Sp. Pl. 425. 1753.


Herbs, perennial, densely caespitose, dwarf, with a long taproot and woody stock and flowering and sterile shoots forming a yellowish green cushion of ca 5 cm across; flowering shoots scarcely coming out of cushion. Leaves linear-triangular, shortly dentate-margined, acuminate at apex, 4 - 6 x 0.75 - 1 mm, glabrous, flexuous. Flowers unisexual, usually solitary, rarely 2 or 3, axillary or terminal, 4 - 5 mm across; pedicels 2 - 4 mm long, verrucose or finely glandular-pubescent. Sepals 5, ovate-oblong, acute at apex 3 - 4 x 1.25 - 1.5 mm, glabrous, narrowly scarious-margined, greenish white, spreading at anthesis. Petals usually absent in female flowers, shorter than sepals in male flowers, membranous. Stamens 10 in male flowers, shorter than sepals. Ovary abortive in male flowers. Capsules 3-valved, 4.5 - 6 mm long, glabrous, shiny; seeds comma-like, 0.5 - 0.75 mm long, reddish, finely reticulate.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: Alpine Himalayas, above 3300 m. Jammu & Kashmir.

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