Small-Leaf Columbine
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Small-Leaf Columbine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Small-Leaf Columbine
Botanical name: Aquilegia moorcroftiana    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Aquilegia wallichiana, Aquilegia microphylla, Aquilegia subaphylla

Small-Leaf Columbine is a beautiful wildflower of the Himalayas. Flowers are purple, usually several, occasionally solitary, distinguished by their long straight or slightly curved spurs which are longer than the blade of the inner petals. Basal leaves are twice ternate, leaflets glaucous, obovate and further lobed, 1-2 cm across, hairless above, finely hairy below. Follicles are long hairy, styles hooked. Small-Leaf Columbine is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2700-4200 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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