Dark Blue Gentian
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Dark Blue Gentian
ative Photo: Satish Phadke
Common name: Dark Blue Gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana carinata    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Dark Blue Gentian is a small compact annual herb, with dark blue flowers clustered at the end of short branches. Flowers are about 1.3 cm long, funnel-shaped. Petals and the lobules alternating with petals are equally long, this giving the impression of a 10-petal flower. The lobules are actually bilobed at the tip. The throat of the flowers has scales. Sepals are lance-shaped, erect, shorter than the sepal tube. Basal leaves are stalkless, oblong to lance-shaped, 2.5-3.5 cm long. Stem leaves are smaller, the upper ones curved outwards. Stems are mostly 2-5 cm long. Dark Blue Gentian is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 3000-4300 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh & Kashmir.

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