Orange Throated Primrose
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Orange Throated Primrose
ative Photo: Mohan Kemparaju
Common name: Orange Throated Primrose
Botanical name: Primula bracteosa    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula boothii

Orange Throated Primrose is a perennial herb found in Bhutan, NE India, Nepal, Sikkim and China. Leaves are dimorphic. Outer leaves are spoon- shaped to obovate-spoon-shaped, 2-6 cm, base tapering into a short winged stalk, tip rounded. Stalk of inner leaves is 3-6 cm. Leaf blade is ovate to oblong-ovate, 3-6 X 2-5 cm, base flat to heart-shaped, margin irregularly toothed, tip rounded. Flowering stem is 0.5-2 cm, elongating to 25 cm in fruit, white powdery toward the top. Flowers are borne in a, few or many flowered, solitary umbel. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped, 3-10 mm, glandular hairy, occasionally axils of bracts producing stalked leaves, 0.6-2.5 cm wide. Flower stalks are 1.5-4.5 cm. Flowers are pinkish lilac, with a orange-yellow throat. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 7-10 mm long, white powdery, parted to middle; sepals ovate to ovate-oblong, tip long-pointed. Flower tube is 1.2-1.3 cm long, opening into a 2.5-3 cm wide flower. Petals are broadly obovate, prominently toothed at the tip. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lama, Eaglenest NP, Arunachal Pradesh.

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