Himalayan Whorlflower
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Himalayan Whorlflower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Whorlflower, Himalayan Whorlflower • Kashmiri: Kandij • Nepali: काण्डमासी Kaandamasee, थकाइली काँडा Thakaaili Kaandaa
Botanical name: Morina longifolia    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Himalayan Whorlflower is a beautiful evergreen perennial herb from the Himalayas. It adds charm to the Valley of Flowers, where it grows in abundance. The plant has flowering stems up to 1 m tall. Has linear, glossy, dark green leaves with sharp spines along the leaf margins. Bears tiered whorls of white flowers that turn pale pink and then rosy red after fertilisation. Himalayan Whorlflower is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

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