White Marsh Marigold
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White Marsh Marigold
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: White Marsh Marigold
Botanical name: Caltha alba    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Caltha palustris var. alba, Caltha himalensis

White Marsh Marigold is a perennial herb with stems 20-60 cm high, stout, branched, hairless. Basal leaves have long stalks with broadly ovate sheath. Leaves are kidney-shaped to round, 4-15 cm wide, margin regularly, rather finely hooked or toothed. Stem-leaves are smaller, irregularly sharply toothed, stalkless or with a short stalk. Flowers are white, 1-2 or forming few-flowered corymbs, 2.5-6 cm in diameter. Sepals are 5-6, petal-like, narrowly obovate, obovate-oblong or oblong-lanceshaped. Stamens are numerous. Number of carpels are 5-15. Style is sharply separated from ovary. Seeds are black, rarely brown, 1.6-1.7 mm long, slightly asymmetrical. White Marsh Marigold is found in Kashmir and parts of Pakistan.

Identification credit: Sibasish Chatterjee Photographed in Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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