Herbs annual, 10-18 cm tall. Stems usually short, glabrescent. Basal leaves in a rosette; petiole 1-2 cm, sparsely long ciliate; leaf blade lanceolate to narrowly oblong, glabrous on both surfaces, pinnatifid to pinnatipartite; segments 5-9 pairs, margin double dentate. Stem leaves alternate, with shorter petioles. Flowers axillary. Pedicel short. Calyx tubular, 1.1-1.5 cm, 2/5 cleft anteriorly, glabrous except for fine ciliate lobes; lobes 2, ± palmatipartite. Corolla yellow, some with a narrow maroon stripe on each antero-lateral ridge of palate, 5-8 cm; tube pubescent; galea gradually curving into beak; beak semicircular, ca. 6 mm, 2-cleft at apex; lower lip long ciliate, all lobes emarginated with a narrow maroon stripe on each antero-lateral ridge of palate. Filaments densely pubescent. Capsule lanceolate, to 2.2 cm long, 6 mm wide. Seeds narrowly ovoid, ca. 2 mm.

Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis is close relative of Pedicularis longiflora var. yingshanensis, but differs from the latter in its alternate (vs. pseudo-opposite) leaves, calyx lobes 2 (vs. 3).
Flowering and fruiting from May to October.
Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis is occurring in W Sichuan, SE Xizang, NW Yunnan of China, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim.
Growing in alpine meadows, springs, seeps, along streams; 2700-5300 m.
Author(s): Wen, Jun
Rights holder(s): Wen, Jun


flower for ID: Attachments (1). 10 posts by 8 authors.
This picture was taken in Laddakh last week (27.7.13) at the height of approximately 14000 ft.
This plant was growing in a very moist land.
May I req. to help in ID please.

Beautiful photograph. Could this be some Pedicularis sp. ?? 

P. longiflora var. tubiformis.

Beautiful Pedicularis sp. Seeing first time; thanks for showing.

It is a Pedicularis sp.

Yes Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis

Nice photograph.


We have visited Ladakh a lot between 1970 and 1974, and from my experience best period for plants in flower in most regions of Ladakh would be between July 10 to about August 30, after which the flowers start wilting, and before which not many plants are in flower. I would be ready for any venture during this period.

Request for ID: 11092014 NS01 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Date/Time- August 2014
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Spiti Valley, 4500-4800m ASL
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild, Scrub, some grass, no trees
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub

Pedicularis sp. (Scrophulariaceae).



Inclusion of four Pedicularis species in eFI : 4 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image attachment as above New records of four Pedicularis species (Orobanchaceae) for the flora of Arunachal Pradesh state, India and two new synonyms for P. pantlingii.pdf.

Here attached the article and photographs of four species of Pedicularis for inclusion in eFI

Long tube lousewortPedicularis longiflora from the banks of Manasarovar. Altitude 15000 feet. Photo taken on Aug 24, 2016. pl validate.

Yes, this is the distinctive and widespread Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis. A plant utilised in Tibetan Medicine – known as LUG RU SER PO.
Damp places, bogs; common in Tibetan borderlands from Pakistan to SW China @ 2700-4800m. I have come across it in many places incl. Ladakh. Very long slender corolla tubes. Many Pedicularis are pollinated by Bombus but such bees would require an exceptionally long proboscis to reach any nectar, so presumably resort to cutting a hole at the base instead?



The Plant List  Annotated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal  Flora of China  Plants of Tibet  IIIM 

New records of four Pedicularis species (Orobanchaceae) for the flora of Arunachal Pradesh state, India and two new synonyms for P. pantlingii– Dipankar Borah, Rajeev Kumar Singh & Arti Garg September 2020 NeBIO 11(3):180-186 (Abstract- Four species of Pedicularis L., namely P. longiflora var. tubiformis (Klotzsch) P.C. Tsoong, P. megalantha D. Don, P. pantlingii Prain and P. trichoglossa Hook. f. are reported here as new records for the flora of Arunachal Pradesh state. The present collection of P. pantlingii from Arunachal Pradesh, now becomes the second distributional locality in India. Original coloured and natural photographs are provided here for the first time for this species. P. pantlingii subsp. brachycarpa P.C. Tsoong ex C.Y. Wu & H. Wang and P. pantlingii var. chimiliensis Bonati are synominized here under species proper P. pantlingii)

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