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6. Gypsophila cerastioides D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 215. 1825. Edgew. & Hook. f. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:217.1874; F. G. Bhopal & M. N. Chaudhri in Pak. Syst. 1(1): 113.1977; R. R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 243.1972.


Perennial, ± prostrate with decumbent to ascending or spreading stems, 5-10 cm long, white villous-pubescent. Leaves 10-30 x 4-15 mm, spathulate to broadly obovate to rotund, base attenuate, apex subacute, pubescent with villous margins. Flowers in ± congested dichasia. Bracts ovate-lanceolate, villous. Pedicels 5-10 mm. Calyx 4-6 mm, campanulate, white-villous; teeth c. 3 mm, oblong, apex acute, ciliate, nerves obscure. Petals white, streaked pink-purple, 7-8(-9) mm, spathulate, the limb exserted from the calyx.

Fl. Per.: April-July.

Lectotype: Described from Gossain Than (Nepal) ann. 1829, Wallich Cat. n. 644. (BM: Iso.G).

Distribution: Himalaya from Kashmir to Bhutan, Assam.

A common plant found from 1980-3900 m.


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