Himalayan Bell Primrose
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Himalayan Bell Primrose
ative Photo: Uttam Lal
Common name: Himalayan Bell Primrose
Botanical name: Primula matthioli    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Cortusa himalaica

Himalayan Bell Primrose is a plant very much like a primrose except that it has bell-shaped flowers. Flowers are rosy-purple, drooping, with long flower-stalks. They are born in a lax umbel of 5-12 flowers, atop a slender flowering stem 15-25 cm tall. Flowers are 1.5 cm long, divided divided up to middle into 5 oblong blunt petals. Flowers have 5 triangular sepals. Leaves are long-stalked, hairy, with a rounded-heart-shaped blade, 2.5-10 cm across, with 5-7 shallow lobes which are toothed. Himalayan Bell Primrose is native to Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan and N.W. Himalaya. It is found at altitudes of 2286-4200 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Buran Pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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