Turkistan Anemone
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Turkistan Anemone
P Native Unknown Photo: Anzar Khuroo
Common name: Turkistan Anemone • Kashmiri: ﭨﻴﻨﻜﹻﻪ ﺑﭩﻴﻦ Tank-e- Bateyn
Botanical name: Anemone tschernaewii    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Anemone tschernjaewii

Turkistan Anemone is a beautiful flower found in the region which was historically known as Turkistan: from Siberia to Tibet, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and Iran. It has been widely misidentified as Anemone biflora. It is a perennial herb, 5-30 cm tall, with a tuberous rootstock. Flowers are borne 1-3, on comparatively long flower-stalks bearing an involucel of two small leaves, 1.8-4 cm across. Sepals, which look like petals, are 5, ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceshaped, up to 1.5 cm long, pointed or blunt, white, pink or dull violet-purplish. Anthers are usually purple, rarely yellow. Carpels are densely hairy, styles purple, about as long as the mature achenes. Leaves from the root are 1-2, with hairless leaf-stalks, ternate, segments stalkless or wedge-shaped at base, usually shallowly trifid, lobes rounded toothed-toothed with a few rather wide teeth. Flowering stem is hairless, papillose in upper part. Involucral leaves are 3, obovate, undivided or shallowly trifid, sparingly appressed hairy or hairless. The species name is in honour of M.G. Tschernaew, who was the governor of certain regions of Turkistan. Turkistan Anemone is found in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan (doubful) and Kashmir, at altitudes of 1300-2000 m. Flowering: April-May.
Medicinal uses: Local herbalists (Hakims) inform that the powder of bulb is mixed with mustard oil or ghee and the mixture is used to cure skin infection, itching and also to heal wounds and burns.

Identification credit: Anzar Khuroo Photographed in Kashmir.

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