Yellow Whorlflower
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Yellow Whorlflower
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Yellow Whorlflower
Botanical name: Morina coulteriana    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Morina brevifolia

Yellow Whorlflower is a plant up to 75 cm tall. Stem is channelled, velvet-hairy to smooth, often hairy at the nodes. Leaves are stalkless, margin spiny. Basal leaves are 7-18 cm long, 0.5-1.2 cm broad, the stem ones smaller. Yellow flowers are borne in 6-8 whorls of numerous flowers. Lower 3-5 whorls are separate, upper 3 or 4 confluent. Involucral bracts are several, leafy, ovate long-pointed Involucel funnel shaped, 8-9 mm long, villous, limb spinose. Sepals are pointed, often spine tipped or with a short mucro. Flower tube is l.5-2.5 cm long, slender, velvety, petals blunt. Filaments are about half as long as the petals. Seed-pods are 5 mm long, dirty white, grooved towards the outside, tip obliquely pointed. Yellow Whorlflower is found in the Himalayas from Kashmir to Garhwal, Tibet, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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