Slender Bonnet Bellflower
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Slender Bonnet Bellflower
ative Photo: Pravir Deshmukh
Common name: Slender Bonnet Bellflower
Botanical name: Codonopsis gracilis    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Leptocodon gracilis, Campanumoea gracilis

Slender Bonnet Bellflower is beautiful wildflower from eastern Himalayas. Flowers are hanging on slender 1-5 cm long stalks. They are blue or purple, 2.8-3.5 cm long. Flower-tube is about 4 mm in diameter, limb 1-1.5 cm across, petals triangular, 4-5 mm. Calyx is hairless, tube 2-3 mm, sepals narrowly oblong, 5-8 x 1-2 mm. Filaments are about 2 cm. Style about 2 cm. Plant is hairless throughout except young leaves, fragrant. Stems are long, slender, branched. Leaves are alternate, rarely those on branchlets opposite, long-stalked, blade gray on the underside, green above, ovate-circular, 0.9-2.5 x 0.9-2.5 cm, membranous, base flat or blunt, margin wavy-toothed, tip blunt. Inferior part of capsule semiglobose or obconic, 4-5 mm; superior part conical or ovoid, 8-10 mm. Seeds are red-brown, linear-oblong, 1.5-1.8 mm, smooth. Slender Bonnet Bellflower is found in Eastern Himalayas (Nepal to Burma) at altitudes of 2000-2500 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Pravir Deshmukh Photographed in Tawang Distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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