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Urn-shaped Gentian   
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Urn-shaped Gentian
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Photo: Thomas Kornack
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 beautiful blue 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.