Campfire Plant is a biennial or perennial fleshy herb,
up to 60 cm tall, growing from a tuberous root and with a basal rosette
of leaves up to 10 cm in diameter, most prominent when young. The plant
is distinctive in its reddish propeller like leaves. Plants are usually
unbranched but may rarely form branches below the mid stem. Leaves
along the stem are smaller and more pointed than basal leaves,
gradually decreasing and becoming bract-like towards the top. Stems and
leaf margins are fringed with hairs with white or greyish papillae.
Tiny, star-like, white flowers are borne on tall, stout stems in
summer. Flowers are 5-petalled, 2.25-4 mm long, white or reddish.
Young plants form a distinctive, dense basal rosette of broad fleshy
leaves before the stems appear. Campfire Plant is native to Africa,
wide grown elsewhere as a garden plant.
Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma
Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.
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