Marsh Marigold, Cowflock, Cowslip, Kingcup;  



Ranunculaceae week: Caltha palustris L.: Caltha palustris L. Sp. Pl. 1: 558. 1753.
Type: Lectotype : Herb. Burser XV(2): 82 (UPS)
Location: In Peer Panjal Range near Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.
Date: 15.06.2008
Camera used: Sony cybershot
Elevation: >4000m
I am unable to trace the type!!




Pangi id al061011a: I think something from Buttercup family.. please guide..

Location Pangi Valley
Altitude 3000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 18 inches

Yes the typical Caltha palustris
Caltha palustris var. palustris 



VOF Week: Caltha palustris?? en-route Hemkund Sahib: I think this one is Caltha palustris?? (Family:Ranunculaceae ).
Location: en-route Hemkund Sahib.

Yes Nice Catch




Caltha yellow: Here are my pics of Caltha yellow taken from Kashmir.

It grows at higher altitudes than Caltha white. above 3500 m.

I think it is different than mine

Yes it is caltha palustris




VoF Week: ID the plant please.: This plant was seen beside the Hemkund Lake on 15.08.2012. ID help please.

Caltha palustris





VoF Week: Caltha palustris from way to Hemkund Sahib:

Caltha palustris from way to Hemkund Sahib
Pls validate

Good to see the yellow Caltha. Have mostly seen white in Kashmir.

The yellow Caltha has been posted as Caltha palustris var himalensis in FoI. Plz see the link:
In fact, i have recently clicked a yellow Caltha in Kashmir also.

Yes this aspect needs some investigation. Caltha palustris var. palustris the typical yellow form does not occur in India. It differs from var. himalaica Tamura of Himalayas as under

Var. himalaica: stems solid, style 2-3 mm long
var. palustris: stems hollow, style 1-1.5 mm long 
I wonder whether var. himalaica Tamura (1962) or var. himalensis (D Don) Mukh. (1960) are same, but then I am not sure why former is treated as correct name by the Plant list, and latter if different (because it is not listed as synonym of former) what are its attributes.

Caltha palustris var. himalensis (D.Don) a synonym of Caltha palustris L. as per The Plant List.
Can you tell us what should be the Indian Plant- Caltha palustris L. or Caltha palustris var. himalaica Tamura ?

Caltha palustris var. himalaica Tamura Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 19: 76 1962 is the accepted name, but, Caltha palustris var. himalensis (D.Don) Mukh. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 2: 105 1960 is the synonym of Caltha palustris var. himalensis (D.Don) Mukh. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 2: 105 1960 is the synonym of Caltha palustris L. Sp. Pl. 558 1753.Sp. Pl. 558 1753.
Here is an article which studied the variation in the species on British Isles and found that there is no sound evidences of recognising different subspecies !!!
Ofcourse this may not stand true for Himalayan species but you never know. Just that we didnt study our species in such detail to conclude anything.

As per GRIN & FOC & FON, as per the following links, only Caltha palustris var. himalensis (D.Don) Mukh. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 2: 105 1960- synonym of Caltha palustris L. Sp. Pl. 558 1753. & Caltha palustris L. is shown in range at India & not Caltha palustris var. himalaica Tamura (not mentioned in GRIN at all):



Caltha palustris
Clicked in Spiti Valley in Jun

Thanks … for showing true yellow flowered Caltha.




Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Caltha palustris?? from Gulmarg NS -Jan-04 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Caltha palustris from Gulmarg, June 2011. Pl confirm the ID

Yes C.palustris var. alba as per Flora of India Vol-1.

It should be in palustris.



Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Caltha palustris en-route Hemkund Sahib .: PKA-Jan-09::: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Caltha palustris (Family: Ranunculaceae).
Location: en-route Hemkund Sahib.

Yes. Very good picture






Caltha palustris ABMAY2017/04 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7) 
This too was near Snowline before Ilaqa. Please correct me if I am mistaken in identifying this. 
Caltha palustris
Snowline-Ilaqa trek,
3200m approx.
03-04 May 2017

Correctly identified 

On the Kareri trek I also saw these fine flowers in their natural habitat, next to flowing water and on marshy land. Here are some additional images. 

Caltha palustris
Kareri Lake trek
15-16 May 2017
Attachments (6)  




Herb for ID, Upper Manimahesh, Himachal Pradesh NAW-SEP17-06 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Kindly identify this herb with yellow flowers photographed in June 2017 on the trail to Manimahesh at the height a little below 4000 metres.

As an aside, one might notice the plastic litter discarded by pilgrims, which was very disturbing to me.

This should be Caltha palustris..




On way to Rohtang Pass (Altitude 3500 to 4000m)- June’09; Bumla Pass (14000ft), A.P.- June’09?;  from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.); A Potentilla ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups PLANT 97 SMP JUN 09 Rohtang Pass – indiantreepix | Google Groups Flora of Uttarakhand- Herb13 for Id- JM – efloraofindia | Google Groups



Caltha palustris var. himalensis (D. Don) Mukerjee; 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *