Gambel's Primrose
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Gambel's Primrose
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Common name: Gambel's Primrose
Botanical name: Primula gambeliana    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Gambel's Primrose is a delicate perennial herb with an umbel of few violet-purple flowers with notched petals. It is named for William Gambel, 19th century American naturalist, plant collector and assistant curator at the National Academy of Sciences in Philadelphia. The inflorescence doesn't have powdery coating found in many similar species. Flowers are pink-purple or violet purple, with a yellow or dull throat, limb 1.5-2.5 cm wide. Petals are broadly obovate, deeply notched, often toothed at tip. Sepal cup is tubular-bell-shaped, 5-6.5 mm, parted to 2/3--3/5, sepals lanceshaped. Gambel's Primrose is found in moss-covered crevices of wet cliffs in the Eastern Himalayas, from E Nepal to Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3600-4300 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Surajit Koley Photographed enroute to Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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