Swollen-Stamen Pink Swertia
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Swollen-Stamen Pink Swertia
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Swollen-Stamen Pink Swertia
Botanical name: Swertia dilatata var. pilosa    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Swollen-Stamen Pink Swertia is a perennial herb, closely similar to Swertia purpurascens and Swertia paniculata, is differentiated mainly on the basis of dilated stamen filaments. It was first described by C.B. Clarke from Nepal in 1883 along with a variety, S. dilatata var. pilosa. The two varieties can be differentiated by the greenish yellow flower and hairless leaf and sepal-cup of Swertia dilatata var. dilatata and pale to purplish pink flower and hairy leaf and sepal-cup of Swertia dilatata var. pilosa. Variety dilatata is common, reported from the eastern Himalayas of India, Nepal, China and Myanmar, but variety pilosa has not been recorded since the type collection. It was known only from Nepal. Now (2024) it has been found in Uttarakhand. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Amber Srivastava, Harish Thapliyal Photographed at Wan, Chamoli, Uttarakhand.

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