Common name: Purple Pincushion Plant
Sikkim to China (W. Sichuan, NW. Yunnan) and N. Myanmar: China South-Central, East Himalaya, Myanmar, Tibet as per POWO;


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.

This should actually be Diapensia purpurea. In Diapensia himalaica the flower-tube is about 2 times longer than sepals, whereas in Diapensia purpurea, the flower-tube is about as long as the sepals. A zoomed part of the image by … is added here.



POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Flora of China  Flowers of India  alpine garden society
Diapensia purpurea (Diapensiaceae) a New Record to India from Sikkim– C. S. Purohit- December 2015 Nelumbo 57 (Abstract: Diapensia purpurea Diels belonging to family Diapensiaceae, has first time reported in India. It has collected from Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, North Sikkim)

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