Pheasant's Eye
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Pheasant's Eye
ative Photo: Pravir Deshmukh
Common name: Pheasant's Eye, Summer Pheasant's Eye, Summer Adonis
Botanical name: Adonis aestivalis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Pheasant's Eye is an annual weed found growing in corn field in the Himalayan region. It has small scarlet or golden-yellow flowers with dark purple centers. Flowers are 1-2 cm across. Sepals are green or slightly colored. Petals are a but larger, 5-8 in number. Leaves are feathery, pinnately divided into thread-like segments. Stem is leafy 15-30 cm tall. Fruiting head is oblong. Achenes have a network of depressions. Adonis is named after a very handsome young man in Greek mythology, by the same name. Pheasant's Eye is found from Pakistan to Nepal and Temperate Eurasia, at altitudes of 1200-3000 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Pravir Deshmukh Photographed in Lahul Valley, Himachal Pradesh & Darori Doda, J&K.

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