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Hooker's Primrose   
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Hooker's Primrose
P Native Photo: Suraj Subba
Common name: Hooker's Primrose
Botanical name: Primula hookeri    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula hookeri var. hookeri, Primula vernicosa

Hooker's Primrose is a perennial herb, base with overlapping bud scales; scales reddish, ovate to oblong, 0.5--2 cm. Flowering stems are less than 3 mm, included in leaves, elongating to 30 cm in fruit, sparsely glandular; umbels (1- or)2- or 3-flowered; bracts linear to subulate, 5-7 mm. Flower-stalks are 1-2 mm, glandular. Flowers are homostylous. Calyx broadly bell-shaped or cup-shaped, 5-8 mm, minutely glandular, parted nearly to middle; sepals nearly round to rectangular, glandular fringed with hairs, margin finely toothed. Flowers are white or blue-violet; tube 7-8 mm; limb 7-10 mm wide; petals oblong nearly erect, somewhat flat or slightly notched at tip. Stamens are inserted at middle of flower tube. Style is slightly longer than anthers. Leaves are nearly stalkless, 1.5-4 x 0.6-1.5 cm, slightly emergent from basal scales at anthesis, to 15 x 5 cm and distinctly stalked at fruiting; leaf blade oblong-obovate to spoon-shaped, tapering to base, tip rounded to blunt. Capsules disintegrate at maturity. Hooker's Primrose is found in alpine meadows, rocky slopes, forests, gravelly avalanche deposits, at altitudes of 3900-5000 m, in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar.

Identification credit: Suraj Subba Photographed in Bikhmatar, KNP, Sikkim.

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