Flycatcher Sandwort
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Flycatcher Sandwort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Flycatcher Sandwort
Botanical name: Arenaria bryophylla    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Arenaria muscifloris

Flycatcher Sandwort is a hight altitude densely tufted plant forming hard mats or tight round cusions with pointed rigid, densely overlapping shiny leaves, pale green when dry, and with small white solitary stalkless flowers. Flowers are about 8 mm across, petals white, linear to lanceshaped. Sepals are lanceshaped, little shorter than the petals, green with papery margins. Leaves are linear, about 5 mm, persistent on old stems. Flycatcher Sandwort is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, at altitudes of 4300-6180 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Pangong Tso, Ladakh.
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