Himalayan Burnet
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Himalayan Burnet
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Himalayan Burnet
Botanical name: Sanguisorba diandra    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Poterium diandrum

Himalayan Burnet is perennial herb, 40-85 cm tall, with stems glandular velvet-hairy or becoming hairless. Radical leaves are compound with with 5-8 pairs of leaflets; leaflet-stalks 0.5-2 cm; leaflets alternate or nearly opposite, below tinged green, above green, ovate, elliptic, or long elliptic, 1-3 x 0.8-2.5 cm, base heart-shaped to flat, margin bluntly or pointedly incised sawtoothed, tip rounded. Middle stem leaves are have margin incised sawtoothed. Flowers are borne in heads, lax after anthesis; bracts lanceshaped, margin cilliate. Flowers are long stalked at base of inflorescence, gradually becoming nearly stalkless toward tip. Petals are absent, sepals 4, tinged green, stamens 2; filaments thread-like, nearly equaling sepals. Style is slender; stigma dilated, papillate, much branched. Fruiting hypanthium hardened, with 4 longitudinal, winged ribs; sepals persistent; style falling off. Himalayan Burnet is found in forest margins, thickets, meadows on mountain slopes, at altitudes of 3200-3900 m, in the Himalayas. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Anshurekha Dash Photographed in Pandavsera, Uttarakhand.

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