Common name: Urn-shaped gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana urnula Family: Gentianaceae (gentian family)
This is a ground hugging perennial plant from the Himalayas which has
urn-shaped flowers, all facing upwards. Stems erect, simple. Basal leaves
withered, persistent. Stem leaves overlapping, crowded; stalk 3-6 mm. Gentians
are thought to be named after Gentius, King of Illyria (present-day Albania),
who was the first to use this plant medicinally.
|Photographed in North Sikkim.