Pyramid Lousewort
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Pyramid Lousewort
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Pyramid Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis pyramidata    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Pyramid Lousewort is a showy plant with dense spikes of pink flowers. Leaves are arranged in whorls on the stem, once or twice cut. It can be identified by its stamens which are inserted about the middle or at the top of the flower-tube, and its very prominent, lanceshaped to elliptic, hairy bracts 1.5 cm which overlap and hide the sepal tube. Flower tube is a little longer than the hairy sepal tube, upper lip inflated at the base and curved inwards above and with a long tail-like flexuous beak up to 2 cm long. Stems are one or several, about 1 foot tall. Pyramid Lousewort is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2100-5000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.
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