Yellow Himalayan Swertia
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Yellow Himalayan Swertia
P Native Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Yellow Himalayan Swertia
Botanical name: Swertia alternifolia    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Yellow Himalayan Swertia is a perennial herb, 15-25 cm tall, distinctive in having a few large pale yellow flowers with blue stamens, borne in a lax branched cluster. Flowers are spreading, up to 2.5 cm across. Petals are narrow-elliptic pointed, about 1.8 cm, with paired, fringed nectaries. Sepals are lanceshaped about 1 cm, enlarging to 2 cm in fruit. Leaves are elliptic pointed, the upper only 2-3, clasping, much shorter than the lower, basal leaves with blade up to 10 cm. Stem is slender, branched only above and with flowers borne at branch-ends flowers. Yellow Himalayan Swertia is found in shrubberies and alpine slopes in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: August-0ctober.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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