Sky Blue Gentian
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Sky Blue Gentian
P Native Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Sky Blue Gentian
Botanical name: Gentianella azurea    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Gentiana azurea, Comastoma azureum, Aloitis azurea

Sky Blue Gentian is an annual herb 2-25 cm tall, with beautiful sky blue flowers. Flowers are sky blue to blue, funnel-shaped, 5-14 x 4.5-5.5 mm; petals oblong, 2-6 mm, tip blunt, anthers blue. Flowers are 5-merous. Flower-stalks are up to 4.5 cm. Calyx is 4-9 mm; sepals linear-lanceshaped, elliptic, or ovate-oblong, margin and midvein blackish, tip pointed to blunt. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, in cymes, rarely 1-flowered. Stems are rising up to erect, striped, branched from base. Basal leaves are withered at anthesis. Stem leaves are stalkless, oblong, elliptic-lanceshaped, or elliptic, 0.3-2.2 cm × 1-7 mm, base narrowed, margin scabrous, tip blunt, midvein distinct. Capsules are ovoid-ellipsoid, 0.6-1.5 cm. Sky Blue Gentian is found in grasslands on hillsides, alpine meadows, scrub, forests, at altitudes of 2200-4900 m. It is found in China, Bhutan, Himalayas, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Siberia. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Amber Srivastava Photographed in Badrinath, Uttarakhand.

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