Fern-Leaf Figwort
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Fern-Leaf Figwort
P Native Unknown Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fern-Leaf Figwort
Botanical name: Scrophularia decomposita    Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Fern-Leaf Figwort is a tall perennial herb, growing up to 2-3 ft tall. It is characterized by leaves which much divided or cut, into linear segments. The leaves vary greatly in degree of leaf-cutting. The segments could be lanceshaped. toothed, but in Ladakh and Lahaul, the leaves are delicately much divided, with the ultimate segments linear. Flowers are borne in long contracted panicles. The cymes in the panicle are few-flowered. Flowers are spherical, 2-lipped. Upper lip is deep madder-purple or blackish, the flowers elsewhere yellow-green. Fern-Leaf Figwort forms clumps in open valleys, usually in alpine meadows, at altitudes of 2000-4000 m, through the Western Himalayas from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Ladakh, HImachal to Kumaun. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

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