Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell, Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia Monogr. 5: 102 1943. ; 
Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), NW-India, Nepal as per Catalogue of Life;
 

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VoF Week :: DV :: 02 AUG 12 – 1216 :: Euphrasia platyphylla at Valley of Flowers: Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell … (family: Orobanchaceae)

2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11000 – 12000 ft


I think yes


 

 

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VOF Week: Euphrasia platyphylla from the Valley:  This beautiful herb was shot from the valley on August 14, 2012. This one is Euphrasia platyphylla……


Very good upload of a member from Scrophulariaceae. That petal shape is unique.

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VoF Week : Euphrasia platyphylla:  Euphrasia platyphylla of Scrophulariaceae family
Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
14th Aug., 2012


I think yes

Good photograph.


 

 

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VoF Week: Euphrasia platyphylla from Valley:  Euphrasia platyphylla from Valley


This tiny beauty was recorded from Valley of Flowers, on August 14, 2012..
I hope the id is correct and this is Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell…
This is now placed under Orobanchaceae, formerly in Scrophulariaceae 
  


Flora of Uttarakhand- Herb49 for Id- JM : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 4 authors.

Wild Herb captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.)


Euphrasia himalayica


Euphrasia himalayica Wettst., Monogr. Euphrasia 180, t. 4, f. 291-295 (1896)


I think more closer to images at Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell rather than those at Euphrasia himalayica Wettst. 

 
Name of species : Impatiens devendrae

Family : Balsaminaceae
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Hill slope, open forest
Date of click : 14th Aug`12
Location: Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand .

Abundance : Single sighting.


This is not Impatiens…rather Euphrasia officinalis…have you attached a wrong picture … ?


I am sorry … It was my mistake that I went for saying it I. devendrae because it looked similar. I cant find any ref of Euphrasia officinalis on The plant list, FoI , Vof Book, Consise flora of Himalayas book. Sir, do you have a link to cite the species. I can see Euphrasia himalayica (on FoI & in concise flowers of Himalaya book) is that the same? 


I have similar sighting; thought it could be Euphrasia platyphylla as per K R Keshava Murthy’s VoF book.
Could these E. officinalis and E. platyphylla be close species ?


E. officinalis is not an Indian species, and is not found in the Himalayas. The description and picture of Euphrasia himalayica seems to agree well with the plant found in the Valley of Flowers. Don’t know about E. platyphylla, so cannot comment. However, Euphrasia is a notoriously difficult genus.


Yes multiple species described because of apomictic nature like Taraxacum. The species are difficult to distinguish unless closeups with hairs are shown. In E. himalayica the leaves and bracts are mostly fallen by anthesis. Also yellow corolla throat and reddish lines on upper lip suggest E. platyphylla. 


 

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Euphrasia himalayica in FOI : 5 posts by 2 authors.
To me Images of Euphrasia himalayica in FOI looks more closer to images and references at Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell rather than those at Euphrasia himalayica Wettst.
Pl. see GBIF (Specimens)  Gbif  High resolution image 1  Gbif High resolution image 2


This is a difficult one. According to Pennell 1943, Euphrasia platyphylla is found in Kashmir & Lahaul. Uttarakhand is not mentioned. We have seen it growing only in moist place, so my own thinking is that it is not seen in Ladakh, which is between Kashmir and Lahaul.

Euphrasia himalayica is found in Uttarakhand, among other places.
So, my guess is that the Euphrasia found in the Valley of Flowers, which well cataloged at EFI, should be Euphrasia himalayica. I am unable to point out botanical characteristics confidently to support this claim, except for the coarse triangular teeth of bracts.
I am also presenting here some Euphrasia images from Lahaul, taken by myself and Girija. As you can see, its bracts are different from the images of Euphrasia from VOF. Also the markings on the upper lip of the flowers are different. Notice that the mid-lobe of the lower lip is somewhat longer. My thinking is that it is a plant different from the Euphrasia found in VOF.
Any thoughts on this will be welcome.  
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Thanks, … Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), NW-India, Nepal is the distribution as per Catalogue of Life;
Images of Euphrasia himalayica in FOI looks different from specimen available of this species at at GBIF (Specimens)  Gbif  High resolution image 1  Gbif High resolution image 2
These specimens are closer to images at Euphrasia himalayica Wettst.
Your Ladakh images definitely is from some other species than those available in efi site.


Images of Euphrasia himalayica in FOI looks different from specimen available of this species at at GBIF (Specimens)  Gbif  High resolution image 1  Gbif High resolution image 2

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Requested to please provide ID of this plant seen at many places en route Ghangaria from Govindghat, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Are they Euphrasia platyphylla?

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To me also appear close to images at Euphrasia platyphylla Pennell


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