Assam Primrose
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Assam Primrose
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Assam Primrose
Botanical name: Primula assamica    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Assam Primrose is an evergreen perennial herb with persistent withered leaf remains at base. Flowering stems are 1.3-4 cm elongating up to 8 cm in fruit, bearing a single umbel of 1-5 flowers. Bracts are lanceshaped, 5-10 mm, glandular-finely velvet-hairy; flower-stalks 3-6 mm. Sepal-cup is 10-11 mm, glandular finely velvet-hairy, divided up to 2/3 into lanceshaped teeth. Flowers are mauve with white eye, pinwheel-shaped, 1.3-1.6 cm diameter, petals notched, tube 9-10 mm. Leaves are inverted-lanceshaped, 1.8-4.5 x 0.5-1cm, blunt, base narrowed into short winged leaf-stalk, white powdery beneath, minutely glandular-puberlous above. Assam Primrose is found in Eastern Himalaya, at altitudes of 4000-4600 m.

Identification credit: Magnus Lidén Photographed at Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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