Himalayan Stock
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Himalayan Stock
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Stock
Botanical name: Matthiola chorassanica    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Matthiola integrifolia, Matthiola tenera, Matthiola flavida

Himalayan Stock is a rather woody perennial herb with a widely branched flower cluster, and with whitish woolly-haired stems, narrow leaves and widely spaced yellowish or brownish-purple flowers. Flowers are often fragrant, petals 1.5-2 cm long, linear-oblong, often inrolled from the tip. Sepals are woolly-haired, shorter. Stem leaves are 2-8 cm long, lanceshaped, entire or toothed or shallow-lobed, very variable. Basal leaves broader. Stems are branched from the base, 15-100 cm long. Fruit is 6-10 cm long, often densely hairy. Himalayan Stock is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m. It is common in Ladakh. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Leh, Ladakh.

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