Kashmir Prettyflower
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Kashmir Prettyflower
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Kashmir Prettyflower
Botanical name: Callianthemum pimpinelloides    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Callianthemum cachemirianum, Ranunculus pimpinelloides

Kashmir Prettyflower is a perennial herb wtih 2-3 stems, 3-7 cm tall, erect or rising up. Its genus name Callianthemum come from the Greek, Calli=beautiful, Anthos=flower. Flowers are 1.1-1.4 cm in diameter. Petals are 5-7-9, white, pink or pale purple, obovate-oblong to broadly linear, 5-10 x 1-2.5 mm, tip rounded. Sepals are elliptic, 3-6 x 1.8-3.5 mm, tip blunt to pointed. Stamens are about 1/2 as long as petal; filaments lanceshaped-linear; anthers ellipsoid. Pistils are 8-14. Basal leaves are as long as stems, not fully expanded at anthesis; leaf-stalk 1.5-6 cm. Leaf blades are ovate to narrowly ovate, 1.5-2.5 x 1.4-1.8 cm, with 2 pairs of lateral leaflets; leaflets nearly stalkless, obliquely ovate to rhombic, deeply wavy, margin with blunt teeth, apically flabellate to rhombic. Stem leaves are absent or 1 or 2. Aggregate fruit is about 6 mm in diameter. Kashmir Prettyflower is found in Afghanistan, Himalaya, from Kashmir to Bhutan, SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2300-4000 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, J.M. Garg Photographed in Badrinath, Uttarakhand.

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