Small Globe Flower
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Small Globe Flower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Small Globe Flower
Botanical name: Trollius pumilus    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Small Globe Flower is a plant with stems more than 3.5 cm, up to 25 cm at fruiting, simple. Basal leaves are 1--3; stalk 1.5--5 cm, base sheathed. Leaf blade or green or not when dried, pentagonal or pentagonal-ovate, 0.8-1.5 x 1.2-2.5 cm, base deeply cordate, 3-parted; central lobe obovate or flabellate-obovate, apex rounded, 3-lobed, with 2 or 3 lobules or dentate margin; lateral lobes obliquely flabellate, unequally 2-fid. Cauline leaves 2 or 3, similar to basal ones. Flower solitary, terminal, 1.5-3 cm in diameter. Sepals 5, yellow and caducous, obovate or ovate, 6-10 x 3.5-9 mm, tip rounded, usually caducous. Petals are spatulate-linear, shorter than stamens, 2-3 x 0.5 mm, apex rounded. Stamens are 3.5--5 mm. Follicles are 6-16, 1 cm; persistent style about 1 mm. Small Globe Flower is found in Eastern Himalayas, China, Bhutan, N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, NE India, at altitudes of 2300-4800 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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