Roundleaf Rock Jasmine
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Roundleaf Rock Jasmine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Roundleaf Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace rotundifolia    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Roundleaf rock jasmine is a lovely species growing to 15 cm tall. Leaves are rounded as the name suggests, quite a deep green with paler mottling along the veins. The round leaves are also shallowly to deeply lobed. Each plant is quite tidy in form, the leaves held on long petioles and forming a rosette from the centre of which rise the long flower stems. The flowers are held in terminal heads with numerous flowers per head. Colour is pale pink with a fine yellow eye. The petals are notched. Leafy elliptic sepals are often longer than the petals, and are visible from the top. The beautiful plant is found at altitudes of 1500-3600 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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