Geranium Primrose
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Geranium Primrose
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Geranium Primrose
Botanical name: Primula geraniifolia    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula humicola

Geranium Primrose is a beautiful species of primrose whose leaves are strongly geranium-like. Flowers are borne in 3-12-flowered umbels. Bracts are linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 5-8 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.5-1.5 cm, elongating to 4 cm in fruit, hairy. Sepal tube is often tinged with reddish brown, bell-shaped, 5-10 mm, parted to middle. Sepals are lanceshaped. Flowers are rose to purple - tube 1.1-1.3 cm, limb 1-2 cm wide. Petals are obovate, 6-8 X about 5 mm, notched. Leaves are 2-4, forming a loose rosette, carried on stalks 4-13 cm long, densely yellow-hairy. They are round, 3-8 cm wide, with the base deeply heart-shaped, palmately 7-9-lobed, with toothed margin. Flowers are born atop 10-30 cm tall leafless stemp which are densely yellow-hairy. Geranium Primrose is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, Assam, SE Tibet, Burma, SW China, at altitudes of 2800-4600 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim.

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