Himalayan Lungwort
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Himalayan Lungwort
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Himalayan Lungwort
Botanical name: Lindelofia longiflora    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Cynoglossum longiflorum, Anchusopsis longiflora, Lindelofia spectabilis

Himalayan Lungwort is a clump-forming, branching, evergreen perennial herb with lance-shaped, hairy, mid-green leaves and one-sided cymes of tubular, two-lipped, deep blue or purple flowers. Flowers are deep blue to purple, very variable in size, up to 1.5 cm across, with spreading rounded petals, borne in dense or lax elongated clusters. Sepals are oblong-elliptic, shorter than the flower-tube, hairy particularly on margins. Basal leaves are lanceshaped long-stalked, upper leaves stalkless clasping stem, 4-8 cm; stems solitary, or several, 15-60 cm. Nutlets with stout hooked bristles. Himalayan Lungwort is native to the Himalaya, from Pakistan to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-3600 m, common in Kashmir. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed at Kailash Kund, Bhaderwah, J&K.

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