Paraquilegia gangotriana Pusalkar & D.K.Singh, Nelumbo 53: 221. 2011;
W. Himalaya from POWO;
India (Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh), Jammu and Kashmir as per CoL;
RANUNCULACEAE Fortnight: Paraquilegia gangotriana from Uttarakhand_DSR_Jan 2015_02 : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2).
Paraquilegia gangotriana Pusalkar & D.K.Singh was wrongly mentioned long as P.microphylla in literature till it was correctly identified and differentiated from P. micrphylla.
It is a beautiful perennial growing in rock crevices and blooming in June.
I really appreciate the hard work that went into taking this picture for the habitat is quite harsh and precarious and thanks for showing this rare flower
Wow what a habitat! No wonder God trying to protect these beautiful flowers……
Plant for ID from Paddar valley J&K. 131111 SRANA 02 : Attachments (1). 11 posts by 6 authors.
Request for Identification:
Can this plant be Paraquilegia microphylla
Date: 14th June 2011
Location: Paddar valley district Kishtwar J&K.
Altitude: 2333 meters asl.
Plant habit/habitat: Wild herb
Plant height: 15 cm
Agreed to your id … Paraquilegia microphylla
It is recently renamed as Paraquilegia gangotiana
Some details please. gangotiana or gangotriana
It was a case of mass misidentification.
Only access to original paper can resolve the issue. P. gangotriana to my mind can’t replace P. microphylla for Western Himalayas, since Royle originally described this plant from Western Himalayas. If both grow in Western Himalayas, we have to know the differences between the two species.
I am not sure about nomenclature upgradation, but it is Paraquilegia microphylla. I have also taken photographs of this plant from Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, hanging from almost vetical cliffs.
Some one has to find and upload the paper in which P. gangotriana has been described, then only we will know which plant is P. microphylla and which P. microphylla?
The common species of Paraquilegia genus, i.e., P. microphylla was an erroneous application of name to it since the true P. microphylla described by Royle (as Isopyrum microphyllum) was different in morphology. Therefore this common Paraquilegia was named as P.gangotriana Pusalkar et D.K.Singh in 2011.
Thanks … for making this paper available.
Fortunately my doubts were not unfounded. In fact we must be looking at one of the following four species when identifying Paraquilegia from Western Himalayas (Modified from Pulsaka & D K Singh, 2011) :
1. Leaves 3- to 4-ternate; bracts 3-lobed ….. P. microphylla (Royle) J R Drum.
1. Leaves 1- to 2-ternate; bracts simple (not 3-lobed) ….. (2)
2. Plants pubescent; leaves usually 1-ternate; sepals 10-12 mm long; foliage thin greenish; leafsegments 4-11 mm long; follicles 10-12 mm long ….P. caespitosa (Boiss. & Hohen) J R Drum
2. Plants glabrous; leaves 2-ternate or sub 2-ternate … (3)
3. Seeds glabrous, margin unequally winged (pectinate) on one side; leaf segments 3-sect with narrow lobules; bracts present on upper 1/4th
(distal) region of scape; style apex curved or recurved-hooked…..P. gangotriana Pulsakar & D K Singh
3. Seeds puberulus, not winged; leaf segments 3-lobed with broad lobules; bracts present at about slightly above the middle of scape; style apex straight or slightly curved …….. P. anemonoides (Willd.) Ulbr.
The key has been uploaded to our website: /species/m—z/r/ranunculaceae/paraquilegia
Looking at the final key uploaded it clearly has 2-ternate leaves and simple bracts, it should be P. gangotriana
Paraquilegia anemonoides (Willd.) Ulbr. ?? Both looks same !
What do you say about the species suggested by …, as both are very close as per keys and have distribution in the area?
Paraquilegia microphylla in FOI:
Thank you …, Corrected!