Lax Willowherb
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Lax Willowherb
ative ovate Photo: Alok Mahendroo
Common name: Lax Willowherb
Botanical name: Epilobium laxum    Family: Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)

Lax Willowherb is one of the most distinctive species in the region, with its large flowers, ovate and acuminate leaves, sessile capsules and large seeds. This species is very common in the western Himalaya at middle and upper elevations. Lax Willowherb is an erect perennial which can grow up to 30 cm, with often branching stem. Leaves ellitical to narrow ovate, long pointed, distinctly toothed. Flowers purplish pink, erect or slightly nodding in clusters occuring at the end of branches. Petals 6-16 mm. Lax Willowherb is found in Western Himalayas from Afghanistan to Kumaun, at altitudes of 2100-4200 m.

Identification c redit: Alok Mahendroo Photographed in Upper Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

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