Long Tube Lousewort
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Long Tube Lousewort
ative Photo: Sneha Dharwadkar
Common name: Long Tube Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Long Tube Lousewort is a lousewort distinguished by its cluster of golden-yellow flowers at the top, often with dark brown or red markings, with very long slender flower-tubes, mostly 2-4 cm, sometimes more. Upper lip is curved into long beaks, lower lips much broader, shallowly 3-lobed. Flower-tube is hairy below, sepal cup about 1 cm, with 2-3 leafy toothed lobes. Leaves are oblong blunt in outline, 3-5 cm long, with many oblong toothed lobes 2-4 cm. Bracts are similar. Stems are often several, erect or spreading, 5-10 cm long. Long Tube Lousewort is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, at altitudes of 2700-4800 m. It is common in Tibetan borderlands. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Sneha Dharwadkar Photographed in Stok village, Ladakh & Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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