Myricaria hedinii Paulsen
Prostarate, densely branched woody herbs, with brownish bark. Leaves elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, 2.4 mm long, c. 1 mm broad. Inflorescence axillary raceme, 1-3 flowered. Pedicel 1-2 mm long, bracts foliaceous, longer than the pedicel. Sepals 5, fused at the base, elliptic oblong to narrowly ovate, 2.54 mm long, 1-1.5 (-2) mm broad, membranous on the margin, entire, obtuse. Petals 5, free, pink, oblong 4-7 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, entire, obtuse. Stamens fused about half of their length, longer stamens c. 3-3.5 mm long, shorter stamens c. 2-2.5 mm long, anthers dorsifixed, less than 1 mm long, persistent. Carpel 3.5 mm long, ovary slightly stipitate, triquetrous, stigma sessile, 3 lobed. Capsule 12-14 mm long with persistent sepals, petals and stamens, dehiscing by 34 valves. Seeds 1 mm long, oblong, tapering at the base, coma sessile, not awned.
Fl. Per.: September.
Lactotype: Western Himalyas, Tibet, Occ., descent from Lanak Pass, 13-15000 ft, 13th. Sept., 1847, Thomson (K), (selected by Hara, 1972); Iso. (BM, C). syntypes: Sikkim, Lachen, 3,353 m, July 1849 and Lahong, 3,353-3658 m, Aug. 1849, Hook.f (K).
Distribution: Western Himalayas, Central Asia, extending to the Western border of Russia and Northern border of whole of Tibet.
This is a very rare species and very fews plants have been collected from the border of Ladakh and Tibet.