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Himalayan Jacob's Ladder   
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Himalayan Jacob's Ladder
ative pinnate Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Himalayan Jacob's Ladder
Botanical name: Polemonium caeruleum subsp. himalayanum    Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
Synonyms: Polemonium himalaicum, Polemonium coeruleum var. himalayanum Baker

Himalayan Jacob's Ladder is leafy perennial herb, up to 1 m tall, which bears very attractive blue flowers. Flowers have a very short tube, but large spreading ovate petals, up to 2 cm long. Flowers have 5 long stamens with thick, bright yellow anthers. Sepal cup is bell-shaped with narrow triangular, hairy sepals. Leaves are 5-15 cm long, with several pairs of leaflets, 1-3 cm long. The common name derives from the ladder-like pattern made by the numerous parallel, narrow leaflets. Himalayan Jacob's Ladder is commonly found in forests, open slopes and damp places in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to West Nepal, at altitudes of 2400-3700 m. Flowering: June-September.

Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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