Himalayan Wulfenia
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Himalayan Wulfenia
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Himalayan Wulfenia • Nepali: बाटुले Baatule
Botanical name: Wulfeniopsis amherstiana    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)
Synonyms: Wulfenia amherstiana

Himalayan Wulfenia is a perennial herb characterized by tubular blue-purple flowers in one-sides spikes. Flowers are drooping, about 8 mm long, with 4 nearly straight pointed petals, and a protruding style. Flowering spikes are 8-15 cm long. Sepal cup is half as long as the flower, sepals lanceshaped pointed. Leaves are all at the base, crowded, oblong-obovate, narrowed below, 5-10 cm long, coarsely and irregularly rounded-lobed or toothed, stalked. Flowering stems are leafless, unbranches, 10-25 cm. Capsules are 2-chambered, oblong. Himalayan Wulfenia is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh & Bhadarwah, J&K.

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