Stalked-Leaf Swertia
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Stalked-Leaf Swertia
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Stalked-Leaf Swertia
Botanical name: Swertia petiolata    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Stalked-Leaf Swertia is a flower similar to Showy Swertia with lurid gray or nearly white flowers with blue -green veins, but flowers smaller, and seeds not winged. Flowers are borne in lax spike-like terminal cluster. Petals are narrow-elliptic, about 1 cm long, iwth 1 or 2 basal lanceolate acute fringed nectaries. Basal leaves are lanceshaped, long-stalked and clasping the stem as base. Uppermost leaves are narrow-lanceshaped, pointed, stalkless. Stem is erect, usually 20-60 cm. Stalked-Leaf Swertia is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to W Nepal and SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3300-4500 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed enroute to Panjtarni, Amarnath Yatra Route.
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