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Soft Lousewort   
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Soft Lousewort
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Soft Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis mollis    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Soft Lousewort is an annual herb, 1-3 ft tall, hairy, not drying black. Stems are erect, leafy. Stem leaves are arranged in whorls of 3 or 4. Proximal leaf-stalks are short; leaf blade linear-lanceshaped, 3-5 cm X 7.5-10 mm, pinnately cut; segments are 10-15 pairs, lanceshaped, pinnately cut, with ovate divisions, toothed. Inflorescences are often interrupted basally. Bracts are leaflike. Flower-stalks are short. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, about 6 mm, velvety. Sepals are 5, lanceshaped, toothed. Flowers are red, 7-9 mm; tube about 5 mm, velvety. Upper lip is erect, slender, tip pointed but beakless. Lower lip is shorter than the upper one, spreading, about 5.5 mm wide, lobes rounded, equal, ciliated. Filaments are hairless. Capsules are ovoid-lanceshaped, about 1.2 cm X 5.5 mm, about twice as long as sepal cup, obliquely pointed. Soft Lousewort is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: July-September.

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