Narrow-Sepal Jaeschkea
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Narrow-Sepal Jaeschkea
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Narrow-Sepal Jaeschkea
Botanical name: Jaeschkea oligosperma    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Gentiana oligosperma, Gentiana jaeschkei, Jaeschkea gentianoides

Narrow-Sepal Jaeschkea is erect annual herb 10-20 cm tall, with bluish to reddish-purple flowers in a spike-like cluster. Flowers open when about 6 mm, gradually enlarging to 1.3 cm. Flowers are globular, with triangular petals pressed together, not spreading, style protruding out later. Sepals are lanceshaped, about 8 mm. The lower axillary flowers are widely spaced. Leaves are mostly 1-3 cm long, lanceshaped, blunt, stalkless. Narrow-Sepal Jaeschkea is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2700-4300 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana
Photographed in Bhadarwah, Jammu & Kashmir.
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