Bugloss Alpine Bluebell
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Bugloss Alpine Bluebell
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Bugloss Alpine Bluebell
Botanical name: Decalepidanthus echioides    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Mertensia echioides, Lithospermum echioides, Pseudomertensia echioides

Bugloss Alpine Bluebell is small, softly hairy perennial herb, with dense many-flowered cluster of blue-purple tubular flowers. The flowers are characterized by its not spreading petals and long protruding style. Flower-tube is slender, about 7 mm, without scales in the throat, one third as long as the linear, bristly sepals. Inflorescence remains dense in fruiting. Leaves are oblong blunt to inverted-lanceshaped. up to 18 cm. the lower narrowed to a long stalk, the upper few, smaller, stalkless. Stem is slender, unbranched, usually 15 cm or more. Nutlets are about 2 mm, white, shining. Bugloss Alpine Bluebell is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himchal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2700-3600 m. Common in Lahaul. Flowering: June-August.

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

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