Kashmir Bonnet Bellflower
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Kashmir Bonnet Bellflower
ative Photo: Alok Mahendroo
Common name: Kashmir Bonnet Bellflower
Botanical name: Codonopsis ovata    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Glosocomia ovata, Wahlenbergia roylei

Kashmir Bonnet Bellflower is a beautiful plant with slender erect stems bearing single milky-blue bell-shaped flower at the top, looking down. Sepals spread outwards, less than half as long as the flower. Flowers are 1.5-3.5 cm long, gradually widening to the mouth, with broad triangular out-curved lobes. Leaves are 1-3 cm, short-stalked, ovate hairy. They give out a very pungent smell when crushed. Flowering stems are 15-20 cm long. Kashmir Bonnet Bellflower is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 3000-4200 m. Flowering: July-August.
Medicinal uses: The roots and leaves are used to make a poultice for the treatment of bruises, ulcers and wounds.

Identification credit: Vidyarthi Omprakash Photographed at Saach Pass, Himachal Pradesh & Bhaderwah, J&K.

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