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Many-Stem Swertia   
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Many-Stem Swertia
ative Photo: Pema G. Bhutia
Common name: Many-Stem Swertia
Botanical name: Swertia multicaulis    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Many-Stem Swertia is distinguished from other swertias by its many short spreading stems, 5-12 cm, which arise directly from the root. Flowers are slaty-blue, long-stalked, in a much branched inflorescence. Petals are 8-13 mm long, blunt, with a single nectary at the base, fringed with hairs. Sepals are narrow-oblong, 6-8 mm. Leaves are narrowly spoon-shaped, about 5 cm, narrowed to a winged leaf-stalk. Many-Stem Swertia is found in eastern Himalayas, from C Nepal to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 4000-4800 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Usha Lachungpa
Photographed beyond Goecha La, Sikkim.
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