3. Axyris prostrata Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 980. 1753.
平卧轴藜 ping wo zhou li
Axyris pamirica B. Fedtschenko; A. prostrata f. ovatifolia T. P. Soong.
Plants 2-14 cm tall. Stems and branches prostrate or ascending, densely stellate pubescent. Petiole nearly as long as leaf blade; leaf blade broadly elliptic, ovate, or suborbicular, 0.5-1.5 × 0.4-0.9 cm, stellate hairy, base cuneate-attenuate, margin entire, apex rounded, mucronulate; midvein obscure. Male flowers in subcapitate inflorescences; perianth segments 3(or 5), obovate, membranous, abaxially densely hairy; stamens 3 or 5, exserted. Female flowers: perianth segments 3, membranous, hairy; ovary ovoid, compressed; style short; stigmas 2, slender. Utricle globose or obovoid, compressed, encircled by wrinkles, apical appendages 2, small or obscure. Fl. and fr. Jul-Aug.
High-elevation valleys, terraces, rocky slopes. Qinghai, Xinjiang, Xizang [Mongolia, Nepal, Russia (S Siberia), Sikkim, Tajikistan].