Blue Onosma
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Blue Onosma
P Native Photo: Ashwini Bhatia
Common name: Blue Onosma
Botanical name: Onosma hypoleuca    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)

Blue Onosma is an erect cliff or rock plant up to 55 cm, with blue flowers. Flowers are blue, bell-shaped; slightly exceeding sepal-cup length, tube velvet-hairy outside and inside, lobes 1-2 mm broad, blunt, margin curled. Sepal-cup is densely hairy, 5-partite into linear sepals 0.9-1.1 cm long. Filaments are 6.5 mm long; anthers 9-10 mm long, protruding out for more than half their length. Style is 1-1.3 cm long, hairless. Flower-stalks 3-5 mm long, densely hairy, up to 8 mm in fruit. Flowers are usually borne at branch-ends, in compact clusters, elongating up to 6 cm in fruit. Bracts are leaf-like but smaller. Stems several, usually branched, antrorsely hairy. Basal leaves fall off. Stem leaves are numerous, 10-30 x 2-3.5 mm, linear to linear-lanceshaped, antrorsely hairy. Nutlets are about 2.7 mm long, minutely wrinkled, shiny. Blue Onosma is found in NE Pakistan to W Himalaya, at altitudes up to 3000 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Ashwini Bhatia Photographed above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP.

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