Himalayan Oxygraphis
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Himalayan Oxygraphis
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Oxygraphis
Botanical name: Oxygraphis polypetala    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Oxygraphis endlicheri, Oxygraphis glacialis, Ranunculus polypetalus

Himalayan Oxygraphis is an small, early flowering Himalayan plant sporting yellow or bronze flowers with many narrow petals. Flowers are 1-2.5 cm across, with petals oblong to spoon-shaped. Leaves are all at the base. They are leathery, stalked, rounded to heart-shaped, 0.5-5 cm. The leaves are sometimes lobed. Himalayan Oxygraphis is common on the open slopes of the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Burma, at altitudes of 2200-4500 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Gurcharan Singh Photographed beyond Tsomgo lake, Sikkim & Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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