Slender-Beak Lousewort
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Slender-Beak Lousewort
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Slender-Beak Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis tenuirostris    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Slender-Beak Lousewort is an erect, tall, rather stout herb with distinctive pale yellow flowers, with the upper lip inflated below and ending in a long flexuous curved beak, and with the lower lip very broadly heart-shaped with a small mid-lobe. Calyx is about 1 cm very hairy, with triangular sepals. Bracts are hairy, ovate long-pointed, longer than the calyx. Upper leaves are stalkless, arranged in whorls of 3-5, lanceshaped and pinnately lobed, 5-10 cm long. Lobes are in turn finely toothed. Lower leaves are stalked. The plant is 2-3 ft tall. Slender-Beak Lousewort is found in the Western Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2400-3700 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal, Arti Garg
Photographed in Chitkul, Kinnaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.
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