Eriophyton wallichii Benth., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 1: 63 1830. (syn: Eriophyton wallichianum Hook.f. [Spelling variant]);

WC. Himalaya to China as per WCSP;

Stems above ground 6-17cm,with as much again below-ground in scree or rock-crevices,orginating from woody rootstock.Leaves broadly ovate to suborbicular,2.5-5 x 2.6-4.2cm,obtuse,base cuneate,margin serrate-dentate;petiole broad short(c 5mm).Verticillasters 6-flowered.Calyx 12-14mm;teeth triangular-acuminate,5-7mm.Nutlets c 3.5x3mm..
Fl. July-October
In alpine screes.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE and RGoB. 1999 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)



RE: Alpine Flowers : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

I just came back from the one trek to remote and isolated areas of Nepal, called Nar-Phu. this was last village before Tibet. where i saw some many beautiful flowers and among them Himalayan Blue Puppy and Eriophyton Wallichi are found up to 4500M 5100M.

You have certainly added to everybody’s joy. Eriophyton Wallichi  looks like two dolls, frozen- may be left by someone on the way to God. Other compositions are equally awesome with frozen elements.

We will certainly be awaiting a lot from you now, that you have such lovely talent.

Lovely pics. Are you sure the ‘Selinum tenuifolium’ is not a variety of Heracleum? The leaves of S. ten. are very fine and feathery, and the flowers, too, are different.

I seem to agree with … & its seems to be a Heraclean lallii to me.

I am about to post images of Eriophyton wallichii from Eastern Nepal. The second image here does appear to be this species.  I am in agreement that the third image is not Selinum tenuifolium.





Fwd: Eriophyton wallichii in Eastern Nepal : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

I am attaching 3 images of the amazing high-alpine Eriophyton wallichii taken by Peter Curzon in Eastern Nepal during the Joint British & Nepalese Army Expedition to Mt. Kirat Chuli in 1985 – close to the Sikkimese border.
I describe them as “furry daleks” (not sure if Dr.Who TV Series has made it to India).
The first image is a real delight, which I particularly wished to share with members.
To be able to view such plants first-hand makes the effort of trekking up to such altitudes worthwhile!
The final image shows the usefulness of using a ruler in photos.  Dr Curzon’s slides have been scanned in.
Flowers of the Himalaya says this grows on stony slopes & screes @ 4300-5400m from W.Nepal to SW China.

Flora of Bhutan gives this in alpine screes @ 4000-5460m in Sikkim, Chumbi & Bhutan.


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