Sikkim Microula
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Sikkim Microula
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sikkim Microula
Botanical name: Microula sikkimensis    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Anchusa sikkimensi, Tretocarya sikkimensis

Sikkim Microula is a kind of precious wild medicinal plant resembling Forget-Me-Not which grows in the Himalayas. It is a bristly-hairy, erect leafy perennial plant, 10-40 cm high. Leaves are elliptic pointed, lower long stalked, upper stalkless. Flowers are blue or blue-purple, with an eye which may not always be prominent, in often widely branched clusters. Flowers are 6 mm across, with rounded petals and 5 scales in the throat. Sikkim Microula is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, S. Tibet, W. China, at altitudes of 3500-4600 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.

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