Indian Gentian
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Indian Gentian
ative Herb elliptic Photo: Navendu Pagé
Common name: Indian Gentian
Botanical name: Swertia hookeri     Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Indian Gentian is an annual or perennial herb, 25-80 cm tall. Leaves are mostly basal, in a rosette. Stem leaves are in whorls of 3-6. Flowers are 4-5-merous, sometimes nodding. Flower are pale blue-green to pale purple, with blue veins, bell-shaped, 2-2.5 cm in diameter, tube 2-3 mm; lobes oblong to oblong-spoon-shaped, 1.2-1.7 x 0.8-1.1 cm, tip rounded to flat. Indian Gentian is native to Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Sikkim.

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