Baby Primrose
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Baby Primrose
ative Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Baby Primrose
Botanical name: Primula forbesii    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula androsacea, Primula barbeyana, Primula multicaulis

Baby Primrose is biennial herb, native to Himalaya to China. Leaves are usually numerous, with stalks 1-3 cm long, narrowly winged. Leaves are oblong to elliptic or ovate-elliptic, 1-3.5 cm long, 0.5-2.5 cm wide. Leaf base is flat to shallowly heart-shaped, margin toothed, tip rounded. Lobes are toothed. Flowering stems are 1 to many, 6-13 cm tall, white powdery toward the top. Flowers are born in 1 or 2 (or rarely 3 or 4) umbels, superimposed on each other, 4-8-flowered. Bracts are lanceshaped, 2.5-5.5 mm, white powdery, tip pointed. Flower stalks are 0.6-2 cm, elongating to 3 cm in fruit. Flowers are pink, rarely white. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 3-4.5 mm, olive-green or yellowish green powdery, parted to middle, with triangular, pointed sepals. Flower tube is 4.5-5.5 mm, opening into a flat 1 cm wide flower. Petals are broadly obovate, notched. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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