Yellow Bleeding Heart
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Yellow Bleeding Heart
ative Photo: Geetha Iyer
Common name: Yellow Bleeding Heart
Botanical name: Dactylicapnos macrocapnos    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Dicentra macrocapnos

Yellow Bleeding Heart is a charming vine found rambling on banks and through shrubberies in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to NE India, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. It is a slender climber, growing up to 2 m long, with short-stalked hanging clusters of yellow urn-shaped, or with some imagination, heart-shaped flowers, tipped with purple. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm long, with 2 small traingular sepals, 4 petals, with 2 outer ones having inflated bases, the inner 2 long-stalked, keeled, enlarged and coming together at the tips. Stamens are only 2. Leaves are double- compound with stalked ovate leaflets, 5-25 mm. Capsule is cylindrical, with papery valves and shining seeds. Flowering: April-October.

Identification credit: Geetha Iyer Photographed in West Kameng distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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