West-Himalayan Anemone
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West-Himalayan Anemone
P Native Unknown Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: West-Himalayan Anemone
Botanical name: Hepatica falconeri    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Anemone falconeri

West-Himalayan Anemone is a slender perennial herb 10-15 cm tall. It can be identified by it small white flowers, 1.0-1.8 cm across, carried singly on stems rising above the large coriander-like basal leaves, which have 3 tiny leaves fused together at their bases, 1.5 cm below the flower. Tepals are 5-7, oblong to obovate-oblong, white. Rootstock is short, stout, covered by fibrous remains of leaves from previous years. Basal leaves are numerous, with long leaf-stalks covered by long patent hairs, blade nearly round in outline, sparingly hairy, temately divided to near the base, lateral segments usually bilobed nearly to or beyond middle, central lobe usually less deeply 3-lobed, lobes entire or incised to toothed. Involucral leaves 3, very reduced, fused at base, lanceshaped-oblong, entire or rarely 3-lobed. Younger carpels are long, silky hairy, fruitlets 4-5 mm long, shortly stalked, forming a loose spherical head, spindle shaped. West-Himalayan Anemone is found in the Western Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, in shaded woods, at altitudes 2100-3100 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed below Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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