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Kashmir Bellflower   
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Kashmir Bellflower
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Kashmir Bellflower
Botanical name: Campanula cashmeriana    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Campanula kashmiriana, Campanula ruderalis

Kashmir Bellflower is an attractive perennial herb, usually found in rock crevices and cliffs. It has rather large bright blue broadly bell-shaped flowers, 2-2.5 cm long, shallowly 5-lobed. Sepals are broadly lanceshaped, 6-10 mm, hairy. Leaves are elliptic blunt, 1.5-3.5 cm, entire or sparingly toothed, rather thick, softly hairy. Stems are often tufted, usually 15-20 cm, zigzag or floppy, hairy. Capsule is 5 mm, broader than long. Kashmir Bellflower is found in the Himalayas, from Afganistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma
Photographed near Pissu Top, Amarnath Yatra route.
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