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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Cerastium

7. Cerastium pusillum Ser. in DC., Prodr. 1:418. 1824. Webster & Nasir in Pak. J. Bot. 15(3):222. 1965; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 241. 1972.


Tufted perennial, 6-9 cm. Stems many, ascending to decumbent, glandular-pilose, sparse at the base, becoming dense upwards. Leaves 5-15 x 3-5 mm, to lanceolate, pilose, apex subacute to obtuse, base sessile. Flowers 1-3. herbaceous, lanceolate. Pedicel densely glandular-pilose, longer than the Sepals 4-6 mm, elliptic, with a scarious margin, glandular-pilose. Petals white, c. 1½ times longer than the sepals, bilobed at apex. Styles 5. Capsule almost twice the length of the sepals, teeth 10, flat. Seeds subreniform, tuberculate.

Type: Probably lost, Illustration in De Candolle Herbarium (G).

Distribution: E. & W. Siberia, C. Asia, N. Pakistan.

Found in alpine meadows or stony places up to 4200 m.


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