Tubeflower Gentian
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Tubeflower Gentian
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Tubeflower Gentian
Botanical name: Gentiana tubiflora    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Gentiana longistyla, Gentianodes tubiflora

Tubeflower Gentian has flowers borne singly, deep blue, narrow tubular up to 2.5 cm long, with erect triangular to ovate petals and short entire lobules. Sepal-cup is about half as long as flower, with erect, short, narrow-ovate sepals. It is a clustered cushion-forming leafy perennial, with tiny spoon-shaped to oblong leaves in rosettes 1-2 cm across; leaves up to 7 mm long. Stems are erect, leafy, 2.5-5 cm. Capsule is cylindrical about 1 cm, with long style, borne on a long stalk projecting from the persistent perianth. Tubeflower Gentian is found on screes, open slopes in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to SE Tibet at altitudes of 4000-5000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Anshurekha Dash Photographed in Kanchani Tal & Sahashtra Tal, Uttarakhand.

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