Yellow Hooded Lousewort
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Yellow Hooded Lousewort
P Native Unknown Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Hooded Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis hoffmeisteri    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)
Synonyms: Pedicularis megalantha var. hoffmeisteri

Yellow Hooded Lousewort is a perennial herb 0.5-2 ft tall. Flowers are yellow, sometimes very pale, in a cluster borne on a very short stalk, each flower with a very distinctive long slender flower-tube many times longer than the calyx, and with what appears to be a hooded bell-shaped flower, looking down. Upper and lower lip of the flower are rounded, equal, encircling the long slender beak which is curved in a circle, lateral lobes small, triangular. Flower-tube is 4-5 cm; calyx 1.5-2 cm, inflated, papery, with leafy toothed lobes. Leaves are narrow-elliptic, deeply lobed, coarsely toothed, lower leaves stalked, 10-15 cm; stems variable, mostly 15-60 cm. Yellow Hooded Lousewort is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to E. Nepal, at altitudes of 2500-4500 m, in shrubberies and open slopes. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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