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. Leaves are spade-like, with the blade 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: Pankaj Kumar
|Photographed at Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.|