Kashmir Lousewort
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Kashmir Lousewort
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Kashmir Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis punctata    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Kashmir Lousewort is a perennial herb found in the Himalayas, from Pakisan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2700-4500 m. Flowers are pinkish red with a white spot in the throat, with a long slender flower tube. The lower lip of the flower is about 1.5 cm across, and the tube-like flower-tube is up to 2 cm long. This species looks quite similar to Tube Lousewort, but the Tube Lousewort has much longer flower-tube, 4-5 cm long. Flowers have a curved bifid beak which is abruptly enlarged into a knee-like base. Flowers are borne in rather dense short spikes, with pinnately lobed bracts. Leaves are oblong to elliptic in outline, with rather broad, ovate, finely toothed lobes. The plant usually has several stems, 10-25 cm tall. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Gulmarg, Kashmir.
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