Spotted Arnebia
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Spotted Arnebia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Spotted Arnebia
Botanical name: Arnebia guttata    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Arnebia tibetana, Arnebia thomsonii, Macrotomia guttata

Spotted Arnebia is a perennial or annual, erect to prostrate herb. Roots are slender or up to 2 cm long, branched, excluding a dark purple dye. Stem is branched, sometimes simple, up to 1 foot long, densely hairy with stiff white hairs (up to 2.5 mm long) with bulbous base, intermixed with soft weaker hairs. Leaves are greyish or greyish-green in color, densely hairy. Basal leaves are 4-7 cm x 4-8 mm, stem leaves smaller, inverted-lanceshaped, blunt. Flowers are borne in a cyme at the top, up to 17 cm long (in fruit). Flowers are arranged only on one side of the cluster, orange or yellow, bracteate. Bracts are 6-8 x 1.2 mm, lanceshaped, obtuse. Sepals are 5, densely hairy, 6-7 mm long, up to 11 mm in fruit, linear. Flowers are hairy on the outside, tube 8 mm to 11 mm long. Limb is 5-6 mm broad, spreading, with petals which are broadly ovate or semicircular, frequently purple spotted. Anthers are 1.7 mm long, attached in the middle of corolla tube or at the throat and somewhat protruding. Style is forked, somewhat protruding (in long styled flowers) or not. Stigmas are 2, compressed. Spotted Arnebia is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Ladakh, and C. Asia. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Ladakh.
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