Reid's Primrose
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Reid's Primrose
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Reid's Primrose
Botanical name: Primula reidii    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Reid's Primrose is a distinctive perennial plant occuring on rock ledges and river banks in the Himalayas. The plant sports a compact umbel of ivory-white, bell-shaped, fragrant flowers on a stem only 6-15 cm high. Hairy leaves occur in lax rosette, with an oblong to lancelike blade. The leaves are shallowly lobed or toothed, and are shorter than the leaf stalk. Flowers are 2.5 cm across, and have the shape of old fashioned search lights, with a broad bell abruptly narrowing into a tube at the back. Reid's Primrose occurs at altitudes of 3300-4500 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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