Carpet Rock Jasmine
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Carpet Rock Jasmine
P Native Unknown Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Carpet Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace tapete    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Androsace densa

Carpet Rock Jasmine is one of the smallest flowered Androsace. It has tiny silvery-haired rosettes of leaves, mostly 2-4 mm across, very densely clumped together in a tight domed cushion usually 6-10 cm across, or sometimes up to 20 cm across. Flowers occur singly, white, 3-4 mm across. Leaves are about 4 mm. Rosettes appear stuffed with woolly hairs and surrounded with oval leaves. Stems are densely covered below with old hardened leaf rosettes. Carpet Rock Jasmine is found in Eastern Himalayas, from W Nepal to Tibet, at altitudes of 3800-5500 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in North Sikkim.

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