Sapphire Primrose
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Sapphire Primrose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Sapphire Primrose
Botanical name: Primula sapphirina    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Sapphire Primrose is a very small, beautiful primrose that is found in China, Bhutan, NE India and Nepal. Flowers are sapphire blue, very short- stalked, nodding, borne on top of a slender leafless stem 1-5 cm tall, in groups of 1-4. Sepal tube is often tinged with dark purple, cup-like with triangular sepals. Flowers are funnel-shaped, with a short tube, scarcely surpassing the sepal cup. Flower limb is about 8 mm in diameter with ovate petals which are notched at the tip. Leaves are 6-12 mm long, spoon-shaped or obovate, narrowed into a stalk, pinnately cut. The plant forms dense mats consisting of many rosettes of leaves, and bases with remains of withered foliage. Sapphire Primrose is found at altitudes of 4000-5000 m in the Himalayas. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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