Hairless Primrose
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Hairless Primrose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Hairless Primrose
Botanical name: Primula glabra    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Hairless Primrose is a perennial herb with leaves forming a compact rosette. Leaf-stalks usually indistinct or occasionally nearly as long as leaf blade. Leaf blade is obovate-elliptic to inverted-lanceshaped or spoon-shaped, 10-30 x 4-10 mm, base narrowed, margin irregularly toothed, tip rounded to blunt. Flowering stems are 2-8 cm, powdery, occasionally glandular toward top. Flower umbels are head-like, 2--9-flowered, bracts ovate-lanceshaped, 0.5-1.5 mm. Flower-stalks are 1-2 mm, rarely to 5 mm. Flowers are heterostylous. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 2.5-4 mm, parted to 1/3 or below, sepals oblong, tip rounded. Flowers pinkish purple to bluish violet, rarely white, tube about as long as to slightly longer than sepal cup. Limb is 4-7 mm wide, petals broadly obovate, deeply notched. Pin flowers have stamens at middle of flower tube, style reaching mouth. Thrum flowers have positions reciprocal. Capsule is about as long as calyx. Hairless Primrose is found on grassy hillsides, cliffs, alpine meadows, on moist rocks in the Himalayas, from Yunnan to Nepal, Bhutan, NE India, N Myanmar, at altitudes of 3800-5000 m. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed enroute to Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh.

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