Dwarf Primrose
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Dwarf Primrose
ative Photo: Ishwari Datt Rai
Common name: Dwarf Primrose, Edgeworth's Primrose
Botanical name: Primula nana    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula edgeworthii, Primula saxicola, Primula winteri

Dwarf Primrose is a dwarf plant barely rising 2 inches above the ground. The flowering stem is very short, 2.5-3.5 cm long, sometimes completely missing. Flowers are blue, lilac or white, with an orange-yellow eye with a white border, up to 3 cm across. Petals vary from almost entire to deeply cut into long teeth. Sepal cup is broadly cylindrical, with broad sepals, blunt or pointed, with powdery stuff on them. Leaves are spoon-shaped, entire, grayish-green, up to 5 cm at flowering, becoming larger, green and without powdery stuff. Later leaves are toothed. Dwarf Primrose is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Ishwari Datt Rai Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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