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Pink Oeder's Lousewort   
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Pink Oeder's Lousewort
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Pink Oeder's Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis oederi var. heteroglossa    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)
Synonyms: Pedicularis heteroglossa

Pink Oeder's Lousewort is a perennial herb with pink 2-lipped flowers, or with a dark purplish 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, broadly linear, pinnately cut into numerous short pointed toothed lobes. The plant grows from spindle-shaped tubers. Pink 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: Krishan Lal
Photographed at Hamta Pass, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
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