Sagina rupestris

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Sagina rupestris


Perennial tufted herb, up to 10 cm with upright stem. Leaves sessile, appressed to the stem, densely imbricate, bases of leaf pair joined to a short sheath, lamina 3-13 by 0.3-0.5 mm, 1-nerved, apex acute, pointed. Flowers solitary in the axils; Sepals 1-nerved, 2.5-3.5 mm long. Petals 5, twice as long as the sepals, with rounded apex. Stamens 10, shorter than petals. Ovary spherical; Capsule ellipsoid, c. 3.5 by 2 mm, longer than the sepals. Seeds dark brown, papillate, c. 0.7 mm.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea endemic
In Malesia: endemic to New Guinea, only known from the type locality and its vicinity.


This species was first recognised by Mr. R.T.A. Schouten during a Masters’ course held by Dr. Veldkamp at the Herbarium, Leiden. Apart from the type collection there are three more collections from Mt Suckling made by Stevens & Veldkamp.