Comb-Leaf Lousewort
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Comb-Leaf Lousewort
P Native Unknown Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Comb-Leaf Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis pectinata    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Comb-Leaf Lousewort is a tall erect unbranched plant, with a lax or dense spike of pink flowers with long sickle-shaped beaks with twisted tail-like tips, and with whorled and often doubly pinnately cut leaves. Flowers are about 2 cm, flower-tube short, lower lip 3-lobed, the middle lobe much smaller; sepals pointed, entire, sepal-cup inflated in fruit. Stem leaves are about 8 cm, lanceshaped, stalked, the lobes further toothed or lobed; stem mostly 15-70 cm, usually hairless, or with 4 rows of hairs; flowering spike hairy. Comb-Leaf Lousewort is found in Western Himalaya, from Pakistan to W Nepal, at altitudes of 2400-4000 m, in forests, shrubberies, open slopes. It is common in Kashmir. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Kashmir.

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