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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Cerastium

6. Cerastium dahuricum Fisch. in Sprengel, Pungill. Pl. Minus Cogn. 2:65. 1815. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:717. 1867; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:227. 1974; Schischk. In Kom., Fl. URSS. 6:444. 1936; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 240. 1972.


Perennial. Stems erect, weak, up to 100 cm, glabrous. striate or sparsely hairy below, scarcely branching. Leaves 25-70 x 7-32 mm, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, glabrous, apex subacute, base amplexicaule. Bracts similar to leaves but smaller. Inflorescence a lax cyme. Pedicels much longer than the calyx, slender Sepals 8-10 mm, lanceolate-elliptic, membranous, sometimes with thin hyaline margins. Petals white, 12-13 mm, bind, claw hairy. Styles 5. Capsule twice as long as the calyx, membranous, teeth 10, revolute at apex. Seeds c. 1.5 mm, tuberculate.

Fl. Per.: July.

Type: Described from Dahuria, URSS (LE).

Distribution: N. Europe, Turkey, Iran, Caucasus, Central URSS, Siberia, Pakistan.

Usually found in subalpine meadows.


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