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3. Arenaria neelgerrensis Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Or. 43. 1834. Edgew, Hook. f. in Hook. f., Fl. But. Ind. 1:239.1874; Matter & Fernandez J. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. 36(4): 959. 1933; Stewart in Pak. J. For. 17(4): 484. 1967 & Ann. Cat. Vasc. A. W. Pak. & Kashm. 239. 1972.


Annual, very similar to Arenaria serpyllifolia, but stems usually scabrid on one side only (though this is not a constant character), leaves larger, up to 17x7 mostly obovate or ovate-elliptic, mucronulate, cuneate; inflorescence usually few-flowered; sepals 3-5 mm, lanceolate, acuminate (1-) 3-nerved; capsule often as long as the sepals; seeds without prominent tubercles on the back.

Fl. Per.: March-Aug.

Type: Described from ‘Neelgherries’.

Distribution: Common in N.W. Himalaya, from Chitral and Kashmir eastward to Assam.

A variable species closely related to Arenaria serpyllifolia, but distinguished by its usually obovate, subpetiolate leaves, few-flowered dichasia and stems scabrid on one side only.


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