Snow Columbine
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Snow Columbine
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Snow Columbine
Botanical name: Aquilegia nivalis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Aquilegia glauca var. nivalis

Snow Columbine is beautiful Columbine with deep purple flowers with almost blackish purple inner petals. Spurs are unusually short, incurved. Leaves are few, ternate, divided into broad kidney-shaped 3-lobed leaflets. Stem is unbranched 10-20 cm, with 1-2 leaves. Snow Columbine is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, mostly in Kashmir, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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