Rounded Solenanthus
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Rounded Solenanthus
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Rounded Solenanthus
Botanical name: Solenanthus circinatus    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Solenanthus rumicifolius, Solenanthus petiolaris, Solenanthus amplifolius

Rounded Solenanthus is a perennial herb whose basal leaves can often be mistaken for a Rumex. Basal leaves are oblong to inverted-lanceshaped. reaching up to 40 cm in length on long stalks. Upper leaves are stalkless, stem-clasping, smaller. Flowers are pale pink to red in loosely panicled rounded inflorescence. Sepal cup is 3-4 mm long. Petals are short, tube 4-5 mm long. Nutlets are 5-6 mm long, ovoid, slightly concave with marginal glochids. Rounded Solenanthus is found in Iraq, Iran, Caucasus, Soviet C. Asia. In the Himalayas is it found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and Ladak, at altitudes of 2500-3500 m. It is very common in Dachhigam, Kashmir forest as undergrowth. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Dachhigam, Kashmir.
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