Tender Alpine-Sandwort
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Tender Alpine-Sandwort
A Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tender Alpine-Sandwort
Botanical name: Lepyrodiclis tenera    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Tender Alpine-Sandwort is a small clustered annual herb with slender, branched stems. It is a more tender plant compared to the closely related False Jagged-Chickweed. Leaves are elliptic to ovate to oblong, stalked. Flowers are borne on thread-like flower-stalks. Calyx is cylindrical, sepals lanceshaped, pointed, puberulus. Petals are white oblong or gradually dilated upwards, entire, about twice the length of sepals. Filaments are very slender, hardly united at the base. Seeds are warty. Tender Alpine-Sandwort is found in the NW Himalayas, from Afghanistan, Pakistan eastward to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2000-2800 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Sonmarg, Kashmir.

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