Rattle Lousewort
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Rattle Lousewort
ative Photo: Jacqueline Lechevin
Common name: Rattle Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis rhinanthoides    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Rattle Lousewort is a beautiful wildflower found in damp meadows in the Himalayas at altitudes of 3300-4800 m. The species name rhinanthoides means resembling the plant Rhinanthus which is called Rattle. The flowers are bright or pale pink, in a very short cluster, with leaf-like bracts which are pinnately lobed. Flower tube is slender - the upper lip is sickle shaped, inflated in the middle, and with a slender incurved or S-shaped beak. The lower lip is 3-lobed, 1.6-2.5 cm broad. Flowers have 4 short, toothed, hairy sepals. Leaves at the base are oblong in outline, about 5 cm, pinnately cut into short blunt toothed lobes. The plant often has several stems, 10-25 cm tall, each with 1-2 leaves. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.
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