Mossy Rock Jasmine
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Mossy Rock Jasmine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Mossy Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace muscoidea    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Mossy Rock Jasmine is a lax cushion-forming plant, with globular silver-haired rosettes 5-10 mm across, often borne one above the other on reddish stems. The plant blooms with small compact umbels of few mauve to lilac flowers with orange or yellow eyes. Flower are borne in 2-8-flowered clusters atop a 1-6 cm tall stem. Flowers are about 1 cm across, petals usually rounded. Leaves are tiny, inverted-lanceshaped to elliptic, up to 8 mm long, silvery-haired on both sides. Mossy Rock Jasmine is found on stony slopes and dry areas in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to E. Nepal and Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-5200 m. Flowering: June-August.

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

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