Common Rock Jasmine
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Common Rock Jasmine
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Common Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace sarmentosa    Family: Primulaceae (primrose family)

Common Rock Jasmine is a perennial herb, usually a densely white-woolly plant with leaves in rosettes, with runners with reddish hairs, and with an umbel of small bright, white or pinkish flowers borne on long flowering stems. Flowering stems are usually 10-15 cm; runners 5-10 cm. Flowers are about 8 mm across, sepals elliptic 2-3 mm, densely silky-haired; bracts unequal, the outer linear, hairy. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped to inverted-lanceshaped variable in size, outer rosette-leaves spreading, the inner much larger, erect, to 3 cm. Common Rock Jasmine is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, at altitudes of 2700-3900 m. Flowering: May-July.
Medicinal uses: The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is said to have a bitter taste and a cooling and coarsening potency. A resolutive, it dries up serous fluids. It is used in the treatment of disorders from tumours, inflammations of fluids and other serous fluid disorders.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed at McLeodganj-Triund route, Himachal Pradesh.

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