Kashmir Sandwort
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Kashmir Sandwort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Kashmir Sandwort
Botanical name: Sabulina kashmirica    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Arenaria kashmirica, Minuartia kashmirica

Kashmir Sandwort is a densely clustered perennial herb 5-10 cm in diameter. Leaves are 10-25 x 0.5-1 cm, linear or awl-shaped, hairless, pointed, 3-nerved, sometimes rigid or deflexed, sterile shoots fasciculate. Flowers are white, about 1 cm or more across, 3-7 in small umbel-like cymes, on 5-10 cm tall stems. Flower-stalks are slender, sometimes spreading. Sepals are 4-5 mm, lanceshaped, sharply pointed, hairless, strongly 3-nerved. Petals are about 1.5 times longer than the sepals, white, obovate, entire, undulate, obovate to oblong. Seeds are about 1 mm, rugose. Kashmir Sandwort is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Nepal and Tibet in rock crevices at 1500-5000m.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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