Elliptic-Leaf Primrose
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Elliptic-Leaf Primrose
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Elliptic-Leaf Primrose
Botanical name: Primula elliptica    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula spathulacea

Elliptic-Leaf Primrose is a hairless, not powdery perennial herb. Leaves have more or less distinct stalk. Leaf including stalk, is 3-9.5 x 1-2.5 cm, elliptic to elliptic-oblong or oblong-round, irregularly toothed, midrib prominent on the under-surface. Flowering stem is 6-13 cm long, up to 30 cm in fruit, 2-7-flowered. Bracts are 8-12 mm long, lanceshaped, hairless, saccate. Flower-stalks are 5-9 mm long, not exceeding the bracts. Flowers are pink-violet, blue or purple. Calyx is 7.5-9 mm long, tubular-bellshaped, parted to about half, sepals ovate lanceshaped. pointed. Flower tube is longer than the calyx length, limb 1.2 cm broad, petals 5.5-7.5 x 4.5-7 mm, inverted-heart-shaped, throat yellow, exannulate. Style 2 mm long in thrum-eyed flowers. Capsule is nearly spherical and covered in the calyx. Seeds are up to 1 mm long, rarely more, brown, reticulate, vesiculose on the margins. Elliptic-Leaf Primrose is found in the NW Himalayas, from Kashmir to Tehri-Garhwal, at altitudes of 3300-4877 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Hamta Pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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