Hairy Throated Primrose
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Hairy Throated Primrose
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hairy Throated Primrose
Botanical name: Primula primulina    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula pusilla

Hairy Throated Primrose is a tiny plant with a rosette of numerous toothed leaves, and witha dense umbel of 2-4 violet, purple, or rarely white flowers, atop a slender stem upto 8 cm. Flowers can be easily distinguished by the tuft of white hairs in the throat, which often covers the throat. Flowers are nearly stalkless, 0.8-1.2 cm across, with deeply bilobed petals which do not overlap. Sepal tube is densely softly hairy outside, nearly as long as the flower-tube. Leaves are spoon-shaped to inverted lanceshaped, 1-3 cm, including the winged leaf-stalk. Leaves are coarsely and deeply rounded-toothed, softly hairy. Hairy Throated Primrose is found in the Himalayas, fro Uttarakhand to NE India and SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-4500. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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