Kalatope id al270611a:
Is this another one of the Euphorbia species…??
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Plant height 6 inches

Not very sure but could be fruiting Gentiana carinata

I think sir you are very right…. But didn’t you mean G. capitata
for which I had posted an observation earlier and the leaves of which match these…?? An oversight of mine… since I did not think of comparing these two earlier…

Although Flowers would have been conclusive, I think you may be right. The leaves appear more like Gentiana capitata.


What plant?/ABMAR34 : 12 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
I found this near a leaking pipe today. I have no idea what this is. Please advise.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m approx.
31 March 2015

Some Gentiana species (Gentianaceae).

Gentiana species in India & eFIoraofindia with details & some keys

It can be tried under Family Crassulaceae at BSD or FRI, Dehra DUN

Thank you … I live in Dharamshala and have no access to a good herbarium nearby. But if I go to Dehradun some time, I will try and visit FRI.

What … meant was Gentianaceae not Crassulaceae; as I feel.

ok … You may correct me but still I feel that this plant is not from Gentianceae

Reminds me of Gentianaceae….

A long time ago I had found a similar plant on the other side of Dhauladhar mountains in the Kalatop Sanctuary and had posted it here….
But next year I had realised that I had just missed the season by a few days and actually found the flowers… here’s the post
maybe it is something similar… you’ll have to remember next year… or perhaps search nearer to Triund… 😉

Thank you … My sample looks very similar to yours and is very likely be the same plant Gentiana capitata.
I found your excellent nature blog last year and it has helped me since in my Moth/insect/plant IDs tremendously.

SK187NOV09-2016:ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

Location: Pilot Baba Ashram, Bhaktapur , Nepal
Altitude:  5500 ft.
Date: 26 September 2016
Gentiana pedicellata (Wall. ex D. Don) Griseb. (accepted name) ???

See my recent post about the specimens in bud.  These seem closer to Gentiana capitata. See images of G.pedicellata on efI. for comparison.  Have not had a chance to inspect these closely so these are very much preliminary thoughts, I must keep my main focus on Primulaceae for the present.

Yes I agree with …!

SK188NOV09-2016:ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Location: Pilot Baba Ashram, Bhaktapur , Nepal
Altitude:  5500 ft.
Date: 26 September 2016
Gentiana capitata (accepted name) ???

It is difficult as the flowers are only in bud and I am not that familiar with flora at these lower elevations in the Eastern Himalaya but a quick looks suggests this is not Gentiana pedicellata (which is known from such elevations in Nepal).  Appears closer to Gentiana capitata – cannot locate too many images claiming to be this from internet – though there are line drawings of both species in ‘Flowers of the Himalaya’.  There is an image in Alok’s blog which you will all know but IF that is correct, it represents a NW extension of its range.  Previously only known from Kumaon to Bhutan, Assam, Myanamar. Flowers of Himalaya say Uttarakhand to SE Tibet @ 1500-4500m (which is quite an altitudinal range).  They say flowering December to April.
I also checked with efI which has a number of postings thought to be this (mostly in fruit).  Would be useful to see it in flower.  What do others think?  I am uncertain (not ready yet to comment on Gentianaceae on efI- still occupied with Primulaceae and then would cover other families before facing the gentians).

It was not flowering then but plant was not there today at the spot.
However, keeping in mind the flowering season and leaf structure
I guessed it to be G. capitata.

SK240DEC15-2016:ID : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Kakani , Nepal
Altitude:  6000ft.
Date: 17 January 2015
Gentiana ……???

I hope Gentiana capitata.


G. capitata?- ABMAR01/02 : 5 posts by 3 authors.

I have been photographing these gentians (perhaps more than once species) since mid-Feb and trying to confirm if these are all G. argentea. The calyx is not as long as the corolla and the stem is not always branching from the base. What are the main characteristics which will establish G. argentea decidedly? Please advise.
Could the first two be G. capitata?
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
12Feb-4March, 2017

Could the first two be G. capitata?

I think appears closer to images at Gentiana capitata

I photographed the seeds yesterday and am sharing it here. Attachments (1)



Thank you …. I have been photographing this gentian on and off to get a proper ID. I agree with you that it is most likely G. capitata. Here are some additional photos.
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I photographed the seeds yesterday and am sharing it here. Attachments (1)

This last gentian is the G. capitata. Since I have filed a number of photos showing the habit, flowers, seeds, etc., I will file here one photo showing the throat hair which I hadn’t noticed before. The flowers were about 10mm across fitting in-between G. argentea and G. pedicellata.
Gentiana capitata

Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
ca. 1750m
17 January 2018.


Needed Identification of the plant : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Kindly give correct identification of the plant, From the Mandal forest on the way of Chopta, Uttarakhand dated 15/06/2014.

To me this is a Gentiana sp. Capsules have matured and completely open showing seeds inside. It could be G. capitata but since complete morphology is not visible it is difficult to reach at exact species.

Gentiana capitata (accepted name) ?? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal 
Altitude: 7000 ft.
Date: 28 December 2016

To me markings on the flower look different from images at Gentiana capitata 


Location: Shivapuri National Park, Nepal

Altitude: 9000 ft.
Date: 27 March 2018
Habit : Wild 
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SK208NOV18-2016:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Champadevi, Nepal
Altitude:  6600 ft.
Date: 12 November 2016
Gentiana membranulifera subsp. membranulifera (accepted name)
Syn: Gentiana carinata (D. Don ex G. Don) Griseb. (synonym)  ???
No flowering yet and difficult to identify.

May be Gentiana capitata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don as per images herein.


Flowering of same plant on 10 December 2016.
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I guess Gentiana capitata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don is the correct ID !

Gentiana argentea ABMAR01/02 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 7 images.
Along with Yellow Flax and Viola (V. canescens), blue gentians are dappling our slopes. I have taken some photos in the past month and seek your opinion. I think these are G. argentea. Please advise.
Gentiana argenteaSilvery Gentians
6 February onwards,
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

I think matches with the images at Gentiana argentea

These also appear to be Gentiana capitata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don as per images herein, if all images are from the same set.

True, … This post is from before the correct identification. Thank you for contacting it for the record.

Thank you … Here is another cluster of these tiny yet brilliant flowers. 1 image.


Gentiana capitata Buchanan-Hamilton ex D. Don: 4 high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal 
Date: 11 March 2023
Elevation: 1586 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes, as per images at

Images by Alok Mahendroo, 2, inserted by Gurcharan Singh (please click links to see details and more images).



437 ID wild plant: 11 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: bloomed in The HIMALAYAS at Sonamarg Jammu & Kashmir INDIA
Altitude: 8965fsl
Flower date: 13APR2023, 12.45pm
Habitat: wild snowy sloppy grassland hill
Plant habit: erect rosette unbranched, non stemmed, annual
Height: 05cm
Leaves: whorled clustered, elliptic, acute, fleshy simple, greenish purple, size:02×1cm
Flower: terminal inflorescence, diameter:09mm, violet, non fragrant

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Gentiana !

Yes, it is Gentiana, thank you very much for ID my plant

This seems to be Gentiana hawanensis G. Singh, which I had described in 1976. now treated as  Gentiana capitata subsp. harwanensis (G.Singh) Halda according to POWO

Yes, appears close as per

Yes it is very close to Gentiana hawanensis, thank you very much for ID my plant


Why not Gentiana hawanensis as published by … and identified by him?

Do you think it is a syn. of G.capitata?

I don’t think so. G. harwanensis definetly not. it is typical Gentiana capitata Buch-Ham.

Why does it look different from other images at 

Yes, because G. capitata shows a lot of variation range….



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