Shining Bellflower
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Shining Bellflower
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Shining Bellflower
Botanical name: Asyneuma fulgens    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Campanula fulgens

Shining Bellflower is an erect slender herb, with stem often single, 30-100 cm tall, usually simple, branching rarely or more in response to damage, usually hairless, sometimes sparsely hairy below. Leaves are all nearly stalkless, or lower leaves with leaf-stalk up to 2 cm; blade ovate, lanceshaped, or elliptic, 3.5-7 × 1-3 cm, below usually hairless, sometimes sparsely bristlyulous along veins, above hairless or sparsely bristlyulous. Flower are borne in cymes distantly separated from each other, sometimes gaps up to 10 cm. Calyx is hairless; tube obovoid to obconic, longer than broad; sepals 5-10 mm. Flowers are blue or purple; petals equal to sepals in length or slightly longer. Style much shorter than flower. Young capsule narrowly obovoid, 7-10 × 3-5 mm. Shining Bellflower is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, Tibet, Western Ghats, Ceylon, Burma, W. & S. China, at altitudes of 1500-2500 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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