Creeping Primrose
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Creeping Primrose
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Creeping Primrose
Botanical name: Primula reptans    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula stracheyi

Creeping Primrose is a dwarf creeper, forming dense to loose mats, with very small leaves. It may be confused with Tiny Primrose, but has even smaller leaves than the latter. Leaves are ovate to rounded, only 2–4 mm long. Margin are deeply toothed, irregular, some recurved. Leaf stalks are 0.5–1.1 cm long, winged. Scape is absent or up to 1.5 cm long. Purple-pink to violet flowers occur singly. Bracts are 2, lancelike, 2–3 mm long. Flower stalks are 2–4 mm long. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, with sepals 2.5 mm long. Flowers are up to 1.5 cm across, with petals 4–7 x 4–6 mm, notched, throat white. Style is 3 mm long. Creeping Primrose is found on rocks and open slopes in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Nepal, at altitudes of 3600-5500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed at Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh & Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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