Diapensia himalaica Hook. fil. & Thomson, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 9: 373 1857. (syn: Diapensia acutifolia Hand.-Mazz.; Diapensia himalaica var. acutifolia (Hand.-Mazz.) W.E. Evans; Diapensia himalaica var. retusa Evans);

Image by Ratna Ghosh 

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Himalayan pincushion Plant;
China (W-Sichuan, NW-Yunnan), SE-Tibet, Myanmar [Burma], Sikkim, Chumbi, Bhutan,
Nepal
as per Catalogue of Life;

Leaves coriaceous, obovate, 2-5 X 1.5-2.5mm, apex acutely mucornate or obtuse, base sheathing, thin, midrib impressed above. Flowers subsessile. Sepals ovate-oblong, imbricate, leaf-like, 3-4 X 2-3mm. Corolla pale pinkish-red; tube 4-8mm; lobes suborbicular, 3-5mm. Capsule broadly ellipsiod, c.8 mm, surrounded by persistent calyx, on greatly elongated pedicel 5-7cm.

Fl. May-August
Rocky hill sides, cliff ledges and damp rocks.
(Attributions- A.J.C. Grierson & D.G. Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1991 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)               




Himalayan Flora: Himalayan Pincushion Plant : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Scientific Name:  Diapensia himalaica
Common Name:  Himalayan pincushion Plant
Family:  Diapensiaceae
Flowering:  May-June
Altitude:  3600-4400m

On our way to Gurudongmar Lake in NSikkim Tour, we found this carpet-like plant, densely packed with flowers and tiny crowded
leathery leaves. White or pink funnel-shaped flowers are stalk less.
 

 

 

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