Anchusa Lungwort
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Anchusa Lungwort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Anchusa Lungwort, Asian Hound's Tongue
Botanical name: Lindelofia anchusoides    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Cynoglossum emodi, Lindelofia cynoglossoides, Cynoglossum macranthum

Anchusa Lungwort is perennial herb up to about 50 cm tall with softly hairy parts. Flowers are bright blue, funnel-shaped, with triangular blunt petals, clustered at the ends of slender, branched stem, and with narrow lanceshaped, silvery-grey leaves. Flowers are about 1.2 cm long, wider at the throat, style protruding, stamens inside, sepals oblong-blunt, very woolly-haired, usually half as long as the flower. Leaves are covered with prostrate greyish hairs, the lower long-stalked, about 20 cm, the upper narrower, much smaller, stalkless. Anchusa Lungwort is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Common in Lahaul and Ladakh. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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