Himalayan White Primrose
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Himalayan White Primrose
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan White Primrose
Botanical name: Primula obliqua    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Himalayan White Primrose is a beautiful large-flowered primrose found high in the Himalayas. It is a perennial herb with leaves forming a rosette. Leaves are lanceshaped to inverted-lanceshaped or narrowly obovate, 8-20 cm long, 1.5-4.5 cm wide, powdery yellowish-white on the underside. Margin is finely regularly toothed, and the tip is pointed to blunt. Flowers are born on leafless stems 20-55 cm tall, which are powdery-white on upper part. White flowers are born in a 5- or 6-flowered umbel. Flower stalks are 1-3 cm long, elongating to 5 cm in fruit, yellow powdery. Flowers hang looking down. Sepals cup is tubular-bellshaped, 8-10 mm, yellow powdery, with oblong sepals. Flowers are bell-shaped 2-3 cm across, with a tube 1.4-1.6 cm long. Petals are broadly obovate, deeply notched. Capsule is cylindric, about as long as to slightly longer than the sepal cup. Himalayan White Primrose is found at altitudes of 3500-4600 m in the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to Bhutan, S.E. Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh & Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim.

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