Clustered Summer Gentian   
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Clustered Summer Gentian
ative Photo: Bhumesh Bharti
Common name: Clustered Summer Gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana marginata    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Gentians are generally autumn flowering plants, but this one flowers in summer. Clustered Summer Gentian is a small compact annual plant with bright to pale blue flowers clustered at the end of short branches. The plant is usually densely branches and forms a nearly stemless domes cluster typically 2-5 cm across. Flowers are tiny, maximum 1.2 cm long. They have 5 petals and 5 "lobules" which are as long as the petals, so that the flower seems to have 10 petals. The sepals are prominently out-curved. The plant has crowded, out-curved, sickle-shaped leaves. Clustered Summer Gentian is found on open slopes in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2700-4300 m. Flowering: May-August.

Photographed near Badrinath, Uttarakhand & Lahaul, HP.
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