Black Sepal Primrose   
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Black Sepal Primrose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Black Sepal Primrose
Botanical name: Primula atrodentata    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula orestora, Primula atrodentata subsp. orestora

Black Sepal Primrose is a species quite similar to the Drumstick Primrose, however a smaller plant and with a flower cluster which is not exactly compact and drumstick like. Flowers are mauve or pale blue-violet, with a white or yellow eye. Flower-tube is about twice as long as calyx, limb 1.0-1.5 cm wide, petals broadly obovate, deeply 2-lobed. Sepals are lanceshaped, usually tinged with purple, almost black at the tip. Flowering stem is 4-8 cm tall, up to 18-28 cm in fruit, yellow powdery toward apex. Flowers are borne in a many flowered cluster, bracts linear-lanceolate, about 3-5 mm, base gibbous, apex acute. Flower-stalks are nearly absent or up to 1 mm. Black Sepal Primrose is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-4900 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.
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