Common name: Himalayan Bell Primrose
Botanical name: Cortusa brotheri 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.
|Photographed at Buran Pass, Himachal Pradesh.|