Pedicularis tenuirostris Benth., Scroph. Ind. 52 1835.;
Pakistan (Dir, Swat, Hazara, Murree), Pakistani Kashmir (Astor, Gilgit), Jammu
& Kashmir (Kashmir) as per Catalogue of Life;
Request for Identification:
Date: 1st August 2011
Location: Paddar valley district Kishtwar J&K.
Altitude: 2720 meters asl.
Plant habit/habitat: Wild
Plant height: 45 cm.
Looks like Pedicularis pectinata, although flower colour is much lighter. close up of flower with beak is necessary for species confirmation.
It is Pedicularis scullyana
I hope taxonomy of Pedicularis is largely based on phyllotaxy of leaves in addition to features of flower beak. … plant has clearly whorled leaves with usually four leaves in a whorl, where as Pedicularis scullyana has alternate leaves. more so it has not been reported west of Nepal and as such not included in Pennell’s Scrophulariaceae of Western Himalayas.
I snaped alike this image from Sangla to Rupin Pass my plant hunting tour. the stem is hollow, leaves whorled, Calyx hairy, lobes triangular, campanulate, stemen hairy, which goes to Pedicularis tenuirostris, and also reported from lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur.