Dwarf Sikkim Primrose
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Dwarf Sikkim Primrose
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Dwarf Sikkim Primrose
Botanical name: Primula deuteronana    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula petiolaris var. nana Hook. f.

Dwarf Sikkim Primrose is a very attractive dwart species, somewhat similar to Primula petiolaris. In the wild, the relatively large crocus-like flowers are borne in ones or twos, oscuring the tiny leaf rosettes. In flower, the long narrow toothed petals, funnel-like flower and hair-filled flower throat with a small eye are very distinctive. Flowers are stemless and virtually stalkless at flowering, solitary or few. Calyx is up to 3 mm with linear-oblong sepals, usually slightly mealy. Flowers are lilac-purple to pale lilac, occasionally white, often streaked darker and paler outside, with a small orange eye, or eye missing, tunnel-shaped, to 2.5 cm across, the narrow tube filled with hairs at the mouth and twice the length of the calyx. Petals are narrow, not overlapping, entire to shortly and bluntly toothed. Leaves form tight stiff dark green crisped and congested rosettes, and are oblong-spoon-shaped, up to 5 cm, with a short broad pinkish or white stalk. Dwarf Sikkim Primrose is found in Eastern Himalayas, from C Nepal to Sikkim, at altitudes of 3500-4500. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in East Sikkim.

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