Primrose-Leaved Stone Flower
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Primrose-Leaved Stone Flower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Primrose-Leaved Stone Flower
Botanical name: Didymocarpus primulifolius    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Henckelia primulifolia

Primrose-Leaved Stone Flower is a herb found growing on rocks in the forests of the Himalayas. It is quite similar to the Stone Flower, but has larger deep purple flowers which are like 1.6 cm long trumpets, nearly hairless. Sepal tube is cup-shaped, pink, about 6 mm, with shallow blunt lobes. Stems have 3-4 unequal ovate to elliptic leaves borne at the top. Leaves are coarsely toothed, densely softly hairy above, and sometimes on the underside too. Leaves are reminiscent of some primrose leaves. Stems are 8-15 cm long. Seed capsule is 2-4 cm long. Primrose-Leaved Stone Flower is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Sikkim, at altitudes of 2000-3000 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road, Uttarakhand.
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