Bracted Onosma
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Bracted Onosma
P Native Photo: Vandana Bisht
Common name: Bracted Onosma
Botanical name: Onosma bracteata    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Onosma macrocephala, Maharanga bracteata

Bracted Onosma is a very hairy perennial herb, with narrow leaves, and with dense globular silky heads of dark red to mauve tubular flowers surrounded and almost hidden by longer linear woolly-haired bracts. Flower-tube is about 1.5 cm long, hairy outside, with broad triangular blunt spreading lobes; sepals linear, enlarging in fruit to 2.5 cm. Lower leaves are stalked, narrow lanceshaped, up to 15 cm, rough bristly-hairy above, paler silky-white beneath; upper leaves smaller; stem stout erect, leafy, up to 40 cm. Nutlets are ovoid, rough. Bracted Onosma is found on rocky slopes, dry areas in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 3300-5000 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Tabish Photographed in Dayara Gidara range, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

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