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69. Arenaria melandryoides Edgeworth, Fl. Brit. India. 1: 241. 1874.

桃色无心菜 tao se wu xin cai

Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial. Roots slender. Stems sparsely clustered or solitary, branched at base, 5--10 cm, white glandular villous. Leaves sessile, dark green or violet, ovate- or orbicular-lanceolate or orbicular-elliptic, 0.8--1.5 cm × 1.5--3 mm, leathery, glandular pubescent or both surfaces glabrous, 1-veined, base cuneate, apex obtuse. Flower solitary, terminal, rarely lateral. Pedicel recurved, 1--3 cm, white glandular pubescent. Sepals 5, erect or reflexed, ovate-lanceolate, 4--8 mm, sparsely glandular pubescent or glabrous, veins inconspicuous abaxially, margin blue-brown, not membranous, ciliate, apex acute. Petals 5, white or pink, narrowly obovate, ca. 2 × as long as sepals, apex entire. Stamens 10, slightly longer than sepals. Ovary ovoid. Styles 2(or 3). Capsule 2-valved; valves 2-cleft at apex. Seeds brown, with a ± thin, membranous wing. Fl. Jun--Jul, fr. Jul--Aug.

Alpine meadows; (3700--)4300--4800(--5000) m. E and S Xizang, NW Yunnan [Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim].


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