Protruding Style Lindelofia
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Protruding Style Lindelofia
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Protruding Style Lindelofia • Ladakhi: མཀཔེན Makpen
Botanical name: Lindelofia stylosa    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)

Protruding Style Lindelofia is an erect, hairy, perennial herb, commonly found in Ladakh. Stem are many 40-70 cm long. Basal leaves are long-stalked, lanceshaped, the upper stalkless. Flowers are claret-coloured red or dark purple with protruding styles, borne in lax nodding clusters or terminal racemes. Flower-tube is cylindrical, 1.3 cm, petals about 3 mm, erect or spreading. Sepals are narrow-lanceshaped, about 8 mm at flowering, densely hairy.This plant is used as fodder. Protruding Style Lindelofia is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3300-4700 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Khadung La, Ladakh.
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