Oeder's Lousewort
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Oeder's Lousewort
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Oeder's Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis oederi    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Oeder's Lousewort is a perennial herb with lemon-yellow 2-lipped flowers, or with a purplish or reddish tip to the upper lip, borne in dense oblong cluster, carried on top of a solitary stem, 2.5-10 cm tall. Flower tube is up to twice as long as the sepal cup. The upper lip is oblong with a rounded tip and longer than the broad, 3-lobed lower lip. The bell-shaped sepal cup is densely hairy. Leaves are stalked, mostly at the base, roadly linear, pinnately cut into numerous short pointed toothed lobes. The plant grows from spindle-shaped tubers. Oeder's Lousewort is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China and also in Europe, at altitudes of 3600-4800 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed at Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.
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