Hoary Forget-Me-Not
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Hoary Forget-Me-Not
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hoary Forget-Me-Not
Botanical name: Eritrichium canum    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Eritrichium strictum, Echinospermum canum

Hoary Forget-Me-Not is a small silky-white perennial herb with several erect or prostrate unbranched stems with many linear leaves, and with branched clusters of tiny blue flowers with yellow center. Flowers are about 6 mm across, petals rounded, spreading. Calyx is silky-haired, sepals about 2 mm in fruit. Leaves are up to 4 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, with prostrate silky hairs. Stems are mostly up to 15 cm long. Nutlets arise in a pyramid, with margins with stout hooked bristles. Hoary Forget-Me-Not is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to C Nepal, Tibet and C Asia, at altitudes of 2400-4000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.
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