Charming Gentian
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Charming Gentian
P Native Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Charming Gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana venusta    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Gentianodes venusta, Ericala venusta

Charming Gentian is a clustered perennial herb with blue tubular, usually solitary flowers, with roundish-ovate petals and smaller irregularly toothed lobules. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm long; flower-tube yellow; calyx 6 mrn, with oblong pointed lobes with wide pale folds between, nearly as long as the sepal-tube. Leaves of sterile stems are broadly spoon-shaped about 6 mm, on flowering stems broader, up to 1 cm long; stems several, spreading up to 2-8 cm, up-turned and leafy at tip and bearing solitary flowers. Charming Gentian is found on open slopes, peaty ground, in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-5800 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Amber Srivastava Photographed in Valley of Flowers & Hemkund, Uttarakhand.

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