Common name: Flycatcher Sandwort
W. Tibet, Karakorums, Ladak, Sikkim (as per Flora of Pakistan)

Arenaria bryophylla at Ladakh – July- PKA-03 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Arenaria bryophylla (Family: Caryophyllaceae) en-route Changla Pass at Altitude of Approx 16500 ft).

Again a new one. Thanks for the bounty.

Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra::Arenaria bryophylla ?? NSJ-OCT 16/18 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Arenaria bryophylla (Caryophyllaceae) for validation. Photo take on Aug 24,2016 on the Kailsah parikrama (Tibet) route. Altitude 15500 feet.

I think this must surely be A.bryophylla – though had wondered when first viewing these images. Stony slopes, rocks in Tibetan borderlands to 6180m; Woolaston, recorded this as the highest known species on Everest but there are other claims to ‘highest’ recorded flowering plant.

Thank you … I could identify this from the links you have provided in your earlier mails.


Fwd: Arenaria bryophylla in Ladakh – one of the world’s highest plants! : 1 post by 1 author.

Here with an image taken, as a slide for me in Nimaling Valley, Ladakh @ some 4800-5100m, I think.
This appears to be Arenaria bryophyllaforming a mound/cushion.
Stewart recorded it, usually @ 4700-5500m in Ladakh, especially on high passes He stated that it is the highest plant found on Mt. Everest @ 6180m (Woolaston during an Everest Reconnaisance in the 1920s) but ‘The Guiness Book of Records’ claims the highest is Stellaria decumbens @ 6135m.
Flowers of the Himalaya says this is found amongst rocks & on stony slopes @ 4300-6180m in the Tibetan borderlands from Kashmir to Sikkim and Tibet. 


070722 JM 2: 8 images.
From Changla pass (17600 ft) to Pangong (14000 ft.) on 17.6.22, in Ladakh

Saxifraga ??

Appears so but could not find a match as per comparative images at Saxifraga

Pls check Arenaria bryophylla

Yes, matches with images and details at Arenaria bryophylla Fernald

Posting high res. images one by one.
8 very high res. images.

Arenaria bryophylla: 4 images.
On the way from Pangong Tso (14000 ft) to Chang La (17600 ft) in 18.6.22 in Ladakh, near a lake.

5 high res. images.


Ladakh, August 2022 :: Arenaria bryophylla :: ARK2022-169: 3 high res. images.
This was en route Chang la from Pangong tso, Ladakh in August 2022.
The entire route was green. A pity, though, that as part of a larger group, one cannot stop at such spots to click pics ‘of such small flowers’ :)….hmm.
I think this is Arenaria bryophylla. Requested to please validate

Yes !

Yes, as per images at Arenaria bryophylla

Yes …, excellent capture.



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