Himalayan Thimbleweed
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Himalayan Thimbleweed
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Himalayan Thimbleweed • Hindi: रतनजोत ratanjot • Nepali: रतन जोत Ratan jot
Botanical name: Anemonastrum obtusilobum    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Anemone obtusiloba, Anemone discolor

Himalayan Thimbleweed is a perennial herb which is very variable, with 2-5 cm buttercup flowers in colors white, blue or yellow. Flowers are borne on short spreading, tufted stems about 5-15 cm long. Flowers have 5-7 elliptic petals which are silky haired beneath. The plant has many softly hairy basal leaves, 2-5 cm across. Leaves are rounded in outline, deeply 3-lobed. The lobes are further lobed or cut. Leaves just below the flowers are about 2.5 cm, 3-lobed and stalkless. Himalayan Thimbleweed is commonly found in forests, shrubberies, open slopes and grazing grounds, at altitudes of 2100-4300 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Rohtang Pass.

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