Brown's Paper Cup Flower
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Brown's Paper Cup Flower
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Brown's Paper Cup Flower
Botanical name: Hymenidium brunonis    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Hymenolaena brunonis, Pleurospermum brunonis, Ligusticum brunonis

Brown's Paper Cup Flower is a small plant up to 20 cm or more, with one or more stems arising from the base, 2-4-pinnate leaves with lanceshaped deeply toothed lobes. Flowers are white, arising in compound umbels typical of carrot family. Dense secondary umbels, 1.5 cm across, are surrounded by 5-8 prominent white ovate bracteoles with green veins, looking like a paper cup holding the umbel. Primary umbels have 4-6 broadly ovate white-margined bracts, entire or lobed at the tip. Primary rays are 5-10. Fruit is oblong, 4-6 mm, with broad wings. Brown's Paper Cup Flower is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 3300-4500 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana, J.M. Garg Photographed in Manali, Himachal Pradesh & Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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