False Jagged-Chickweed
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False Jagged-Chickweed
A Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: False Jagged-Chickweed
Botanical name: Lepyrodiclis holosteoides    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Arenaria holosteoides, Gouffeia holosteoides

False Jagged-Chickweed is an annual herb up to 40 cm tall. Stems are simple or branched, weak, sterile, prostrate to rising up or somewhat erect, hairless to glandular-papillose. Leaves are 1.5-70 cm long, lanceshaped to linear or inverted-lanceshaped, usually the surfaces hairless, glandular, margin rough, tip pointed, base stalkless. Bracts similar to leaves, but smaller: Flowers are borne in spreading panicules. Calyx is bell-shaped, sepals 5-7 mm, lanceshaped, pointed, glandular. Petals are white, about 2/3rd the length of sepals, entire or notched at tip. Capsule is included in the persistent calyx. Seed about 2 mm in diameter, shallowly channeled, finely tuberculate. False Jagged-Chickweed is found in C Asia, W Asia, Afghanistan, Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal, W Tibet, Mongolia, NW China, at altitudes of 1200-4100 m. Fl. Per.: April-July.

Identification credit: Miroslav Dvorsk√Ĺ Photographed near Pangong Lake, Ladakh.

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