Hugel's Gentian
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Hugel's Gentian
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Hugel's Gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana hugelii    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Qaisera hugelii, Gentiana marginata var. hugelii

Hugel's Gentian is a beautiful deep blue gentian named after Baron Karl von Hügel, 19th century Austrian naturalist. It is an annual herb up to 8 cm tall, branched above. Lower leaves are elliptic to oblong, 2-3 cm long, with cartilaginous margin. Stem leaves are smaller, fused at base, obovate, tip rounded, slightly mucronate and recurved, margin cartilaginous. Flowers are blue, 1-1.5 cm across, congested in cluster at branch ends. Sepal tube is up to 1.2 cm long some what transparent especially portion below the sinus of sepals, sepals 3-4 mm long, oblong, blunt. Flowers are 0.8-1.8 cm long, tube almost twice as long as spreading petals. Throat has several threadlike objects, inside of tube is whitish. Petals are oblong-obovate, rounded at tip, plicae, slightly shorter and narrower than lobes, irregularly split at tip. Capsule is obovoid, slightly exserted with many seeds. Hugel's Gentian is found in the Himalayas,

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Gulmarg & Khillenmarg, Kashmir.
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