Botanical name: Arenaria festucoides Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Arenaria roylei, Arenaria guilielmi-waldemarii
Fescue Sandwort is a densely clustered plant with bristle-like leaves, and short erect flowering stems with white flowers, and prominent white-margined sepals. Petals are obovate, about 1.5 cm. Sepals are alnceshaped pointed, about 1 cm long. Flowering stems are glandular hairy, 2.5-15 cm. Bracts have broad papery margins. Leaves are shining, usually recurved, spine-tipped, 6-25 mm long. Fescue Sandwort is found on rocks and stony ground in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: June-July.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Fescue Sandwort is ...