Sagina belonophylla

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Sagina belonophylla

Description

Perennial herb forming dense cushions or mats up to 15 cm across. Leaves aciculate, glabrous, sometimes seemingly whorled, 2-7 by 0.5-1 mm, apex mucronate, base widened. Flowers terminal, solitary; Sepals 5, glabrous, oblong-elliptic, 2-4 by 1-1.5 mm, apex obtuse to subacute, 3-nerved. Petals 5, glabrous, spathulate, 2-2.8 by 1 mm, apex acute, base nar-rowed. Stamens 10, 2-2.5 mm, filaments connate at the base, glabrous, the episepalous with a small gland at the base. Ovary broadly ovoid-globose; Capsule gla-brous, 2-3 mm long, opening by 4 or 5 teeth. Seeds reniform, brown, finely granulate, c. 0.5 mm.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: New Guinea endemic (Irian Jaya present), Carstensz Mts present, Mt Saruwaket present, Mt Tri-kora present, Papua New Guinea present, Star Mts present
In Malesia: endemic to New Guinea, occurring in Irian Jaya (Mt Tri-kora, Carstensz Mts) and Papua New Guinea (Star Mts, Mt Saruwaket).

Citation

P. Royen 1982: p. 2349. – In: Alpine Fl. New Guinea. f. 699
Merr. & L.M. Perry 1942 – In: J. Arnold Arbor. 23. p 387