Tall Pale Primrose
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Tall Pale Primrose
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tall Pale Primrose
Botanical name: Primula involucrata    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula munroi

Tall Pale Primrose is a primrose species white or light purple tinged, nodding flowers, in a lax umbel of 2-6 flowers, atop a slender stem 10-30 cm tall. Flowers are 1.2-2 cm across, with a purple tube 1-1.5 cm long. Petals are shallowly notched. Sepal cup is 5-ribbed, with lance-shaped sepals. The flower umbel emerges from a covering on top of the stem, referred to as an involucre, the origin of the species name involucrata. Leaves are at the base, and have stalks longer than the blades. Leaf blades are oblong, blunt, with an entire or toothed margin, 3-8 cm long. Tall Pale Primrose is commonly found in the Himalayas, from Pankistan to SW China, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed Lahaul & Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh.

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