Syn.: Alsinanthus grandiflorus (L.) Desv., Alsine grandiflora Crantz, Arenaria capillacea All., Czernohorskya grandiflora (L.) Á. et D. Löve, Stellaria grandiflora Jessen
Family: Caryophyllaceae Juss.

Arenaria grandiflora

Distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa, and southern part of Central Europe, northward to southern Moravia.

Ecology: Dry, rocky and stony places, mostly on mountains. It blooms from May to June.

Arenaria grandiflora

Description: Perennial, caespitose herb, stem 5–15 cm tall, branched. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 5–10 × 0.75–1.5 mm, acuminate. Inflorescence 1–3(–6)-flowered, pedicels 2–6 times as long as sepals, glandular-pubescent, sepals 3–5.5 mm, ovate, glandular-pubescent, petals 2 times as long as sepals, oblong-obovate, white. The fruit is an ovoid capsule.

Threat and protection: This species is strictly protected in Czechia.

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Arenaria grandiflora

These images were taken in Czechia, Moravia, Pavlovské vrchy, Děvín (by Ladislav Hoskovec and Zdeněk Podešva: May 2006 and April 2009).