Stalkless Primrose
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Stalkless Primrose
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Stalkless Primrose
Botanical name: Primula sessilis    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Stalkless Primrose can be identified by its pale lilac-pink flowers with an orange eye, which usually have 4 or 5 entire narrow petals, which are abruptly narrowed to a fine point at the tip. This one can be confused with Edgeworth's Primrose which has petals which can be toothed at the tip or entire. Flowers of Stalkless Primrose are nearly stalkless, about 2.5 cm across. Sepal cup is cylindrical, with narrow keeled sepals, sometimes with powdery stuff on it. Leaves are dark green, up to 6 cm long, with rounded blade and short leaf-stalk. Stalkless Primrose is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to West Nepal, at altitudes of 2100-3600. It is common in the Kullu Valley. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Ishwari Datt Rai Photographed in Himachal Pradesh.

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