Blue Rock Anemone
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Blue Rock Anemone
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Blue Rock Anemone
Botanical name: Anemonastrum rupestre    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Anemone rupestris Wall. ex Hook.f. & Thomson

Blue Rock Anemone is a perennial herb found high in the Himalayas. Flowers are blue, with 5 or 6 oblong-elliptic or obovate, tepals, 0.5-1. cm long, 3-6 mm wide, sparsely hairy or hairless. Basal veins are 3-5. Stamens are brown, 3.5-4.3 mm; filament lanceshaped, 0.3-0.4 mm wide. Anther are light, cylindric, connective dark, narrow. Pistils are dark, 2.8-3.3 mm; style downcurved. Leaves are 4-7. Leaf stalk is 3-10 cm × 1-2 mm, sparsely hairy or hairless. Leaf blade is twice 3-cut, ovate, 1-5 × 1-6 cm, base heart-shaped. Flowering stems are 2-6, 3-20 cm long, sparsely hairy or nearly hairless. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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