Cucubalus baccifer from Kashmir:  Cucubalus baccifer L., Sp. pl. 1:414. 1753, family Caryophyllaceae
common names: Berry catchfly
Prostrate or ascending perennial herb with ovate-lanceolate opposite leaves, hairy on both surfaces, ciliate along margin; flowers nodding, 1-3; calyx green, inlated in fruit; petals greenish white, bifid at tip; fruit somewhat fleshy, up to 12 mm across, emerging from calyx, finally dry, brwnish-red.
Photographed from Pahalgam, Kahmir, growing in shaded places among shrubs and rocks.



Plant from Kashmir: Plz confirm the ID of attached pics as Cucubalus baccifer. Pahlipora, URI (2400 m), J & K

yes for sure



Caryophyllaceae Week: Silene baccifera (syn: Cucubalus baccifer) from Kashmir: Silene baccifera (L.) Roth, Tent. fl. Germ. 1:192. 1788

Syn: Cucubalus baccifer L.

Common name: Berry catchfly

A very distinct plant with greenish-white flowers, calyx inflated in fruit, fruit fleshy and indehiscent

Perennial herb with prostrate or ascending stems, 2-5 cm long ovate to ovate-lanceolate leaves, hairy on both surfaces; flowers greenish-white, nodding, 1-3 together; pedicel 3-5 mm long; calyx 10-13 mm long, inflated in fruit with revolute teeth; petals with long claw, limb divided into linear lobes, coronal scales bifid; styles 3; fruit 10-12 mm in diameter, initially fleshy, brownish red and dry when mature, indehiscent.
Photographed from Pahalgam, Kashmir.


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