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4. Arenaria orbiculata Royle ex Edgew. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:240. 1874. Mizushima in Kitam., l.c. & in Fl. Pl. W. Pak. & Afghan. 47. 1964; Stewart, in Pak. J. For. 14(4): 484. 1967 & Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 239. 1972.


Annual, similar to Arenaria serpyllifolia but branches and stems more slender, often scabrid on one side; leaves obovate or orbicular, subpetiolate, apiculate. Bracts lanceolate; inflorescence dichasial, few-flowered; sepals lanceolate, acuminate to acute, 1-nerved; capsule usually as long as the sepals; seeds without prominent tubercles.

Fl. Per.: June-September.

Type: Temperate Himalaya, Bhotan, Griffith.

Distribution: Temperate Himalaya, from Bhutan to Kashmir, Tibet.

A variable species often difficult to distinguish from Arenaria neelgherrensis but differing in its orbicular to obovate leaves and less leafy inflorescence.


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