Perennial herb with unbranched ascending stems, uo to 25 cm tall; Basal leaves elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate leaves up to 15 cm long, on 2-5 cm long petiole; cauline leaves in up to 5 pairs, linear to lanceolate; flowers in axillary or terminal cymes, flowers nearly sessile, or rarely pedicellate; calyx tube split on one side, 7-9 mm long, lobes linear, 8-10 mm long; corolla pale blue  to nearly yellow, funnel-like, 2-3 cm long; plicae triangular; lobes ovate-elliptic to ovate, 4-6 mm long; capsules narrowly ellipsoid, up to 15 mm long, on up to 10 mm long stalk.
  

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Kindly identify this Gentiana species

Location: Paddar valley J&K
Altitude: 3800 meters asl
Date: 6th August 2011


I think it could be Gentian tianschanica (Gentiana decumbens) which differs from G. kurroo in smaller 1.5-3 cm long (as against 2-6 cm long) clustered (as against solitary), calyx tube shorter than lobes (and not longer) and basal leaves persistent at flowering time. … may please confirm further.


I have also kept this plant under name Gentian tianschanica but was not sure.

The plant is clustered and have short calyx tube than lobes



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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Fortnight: Gentianaceae-Gentiana tianschanica from Kashmir-GSJUL16 : 1

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Gentiana tianschanica Ruprecht, Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint Pétersbourg, sér. 7. 14(4): 61. 1869. 
Perennial herb with unbranched ascending stems, uo to 25 cm tall; Basal leaves elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate leaves up to 15 cm long, on 2-5 cm long petiole; cauline leaves in up to 5 pairs, linear to lanceolate; flowers in axillary or terminal cymes, flowers nearly sessile, or rarely pedicellate; calyx tube split on one side, 7-9 mm long, lobes linear, 8-10 mm long; corolla pale blue  to nearly yellow, funnel-like, 2-3 cm long; plicae triangular; lobes ovate-elliptic to ovate, 4-6 mm long; capsules narrowly ellipsoid, up to 15 mm long, on up to 10 mm long stalk. 
Photographed from Meenamarg, Kashmir.

Images by Gurinder Goraya (ID by N S Chauhan) inserted by Gurcharan Singh (Please click links to see details and more images) 

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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Fortnight: Gentiana for ID from Himachal : GSG-10 : 3 posts by 2 authors.

This Gentiana species looks as much like G. kurroo as it looks different. I have not been able to place it correctly [Kinnaur; 3200 m asl; September 2011]


Gentiana tianschanika– Bara Tikta,- Bitter in taste, found sporadic in spiti cold desert area also


  
 
 
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