Large Leaf Primrose
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Large Leaf Primrose
ative Photo: Balkar Singh
Common name: Large Leaf Primrose • Ladakhi: སུལུམེནཏོཀ Sulumentok,་ཀལཅེ་ཀརཔ Kalche-karpa
Botanical name: Primula macrophylla var. macrophylla    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Large Leaf Primrose is a perennial herb, characterized by a moderately dense head of 5-25 purple, violet or lilac flowers with with usually a dark eye. Petals are entire, elliptic to ovate, flower-tube 1-3 cm long. Sepal cup is cylindrical with linear-lanceshaped sepals. Flower-stalks are up to 2.5 long. Flowering stems are 12-25 cm tall. Leaves are erect, 10-30 cm long, entire or toothed, white powdery beneath, gradually tapering to a long sheathing leaf-stalk. Capsule is cylindric, up to 2.5 cm. Large Leaf Primrose is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3300-4800 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Hemkund, Uttarakhand.

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