Hoary Bellflower
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Hoary Bellflower
P Native Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Hoary Bellflower
Botanical name: Campanula cana    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Campanula tortuosa, Campanula aprica

Hoary Bellflower is a perennial herb, densely white hairy on all parts except flower. Stems are clustered, usually spreading, 15-30 cm. Leaves are alternate, stalkless or lower ones with leaf-stalk up to 5 mm; blade ovate, elliptic, inverted-lanceshaped, or linear-lanceshaped, 0.4-2.5 x 0.2-1 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin almost entire, rounded-toothed, or sawtoothed, tip blunt or pointed. Flowers are several, borne in branch-end cymes; flower-stalks 0.5-3 cm, ebracteolate. Sepal-cup is inverted-triangular to broadly obconical, 2-3 x 2-3 mm at anthesis; sepals broadly lanceshaped, 3-5 x 1-2 mm, coarsely toothed. Flowers are pale purple, blue-purple, or violet, tubular-bell-shaped, 1-1.5 cm, outside hairy; lobes 1/2-2/3 as long as tube. Stamens not protruding, style slightly protruding, stigma 3-parted. Capsules are spherical or obovoid-spherical, 3-5 x 3-4 mm, 10-ribbed, 3-poricidal at base. Hoary Bellflower is found in the Himalaya to S. Central China and N. Indo-China. Flowering: May-November.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Tabish Photographed in Mussoori, Uttarakhand & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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