Primrose-Leaved Rock-Cress
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Primrose-Leaved Rock-Cress
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Primrose-Leaved Rock-Cress
Botanical name: Arcyosperma primulifolium    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Sisymbrium primulaefolium

Primrose-Leaved Rock-Cress is a dwarf perennial herb, 10-20 cm tall, hairless or sparsely hairy, branched from the base with branches hardly exceeding the basal leaves in length. Basal leaves, arising from the root, are spoon-shaped or obovate-oblong, in dense rosette, 10-18 cm long, 2-5 cm broad. Stem-leaves are much smaller, stalkless, oblong-ovate or elliptic, few, distant, 1-4 cm long, 5-15 mm broad, half stem-clasping. All leaves are somewhat fleshy, toothed to entire. Flowers are borne in about 10-flowered racemes, up to 5 cm long in fruit. Flowers are 5 mm across, white or pinkish. Flower-stalks are 6-10 mm long in fruit, spreading, hairless. Sepals are 3-4 mm long. Petals are 5-7 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, tip flat notched. Stamens are 3, 4.5 mm long, anthers about 1 mm long. Seed-pods are 1.5-2.2 cm long, about 2 mm broad, oblong - cylindrical, often slightly curved upwards. stigma short, Primrose-Leaved Rock-Cress is foun in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Chansil Pass, HP.

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