NE. European Russia to Kamchatka and W. Himalaya, Alaska (St. Lawrence Island): Afghanistan, Alaska, Altay, Buryatiya, Chita, East European Russia, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Mongolia, North European Russi, Pakistan, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Tuva, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya as per POWO;
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Clarke ; erect, leaves sessile broadly lanceolate softly villous, racemes dense bracteate, nutlets apparently basally attached, carpophore depressed hardly convex. Echinospermum sericeum, Benth, in Royle Ill. 306 ; DC. Prodr. x. 142.

ALPINE WESTERN HIMALAYA ; from Kashmir to Gurwhal, alt. 13-15,000 ft. ; Royle, Lance, Jaeschke, &c.

Stems 3-7 in., solitary or few, erect, divided at the apex. Leaves 2/3 by 1/5 in., acute, lower densely tufted, upper distant. Racemes in fruit 1.1/2 in. ; pedicels 0-1/8 in. ; bracts 1/8 in. Calyx-lobes in fruit 1/8 in., narrowly oblong. Flowers 1/4 in. diam, and upwards, blue, purpurescent. Nutlets 1/12 in., membranous, glabrous ; circular back within the margin minutely hairy.—Closely allied to E. villosum, in which the margins of the nutlets carry broad-based flattened lanceolate ciliate-serrate teeth. In the typical Eritrichiums the scar of the nutlets is sub-punctiform at the apex of a depressed cone on the inner lower face ; in E. villosum, DC. Prodr. x. 126 (Myosotis villosa, Ledeb. Ic. Fl. Ross. t. 215), this cone is less depressed ; in E. basifixum it is elongate still more, so that the nutlets are attached apparently basally, nearly as in Lithospermeoe.

(Attributions- IBIS Flora (Flora of British India))


Kindly identify this Pseudomertensia species
Posted earlier on EFI and considered by … as Pseudomertensia trollii
Location: Paddar valley J&K
Altitude: 3500 meters asl
Flowering: June-July

Both this and other plant identified as P. moltkoides need to be relooked, as typical Pseudomertensia should have erect corolla lobes (and not spreading).


May be some Myosotis species as per images herein.


Myosotis alpestris F.W.Schmidt ??


This is Eritrichium villosum


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Plant for I from Paddar valley J&K. 221211 SRANA 02: Request for Identification

Kindly identify the plant.
Date: 16th July 2011.
Location: Paddar valley district Kishtwar J&K.
Altitude: 3100 meters asl.
Plant height: 15-20 cms
Plant habit/habitat: Wild herb

looking some primula spp. to me


Not Primula, member of Boraginaceae.


Yes Sir Ji is correct this is indeed from Boraginaceae
Possibly Pseudomertensia moltkioides (Royle ex Benth.) Kazmi in J. Arn. Arb. 51(3): 380. 1970


I have the attached plant under the name Pseudomertensia moltkioides. Kindly confirm if both the species are same or different.

Yes this is Pseudomertensia moltkioides I think you posted this plant previously which I tried to identify.


Yes this second photograph is more likely P. moltkioides. The corolla tube is definetly more than twice as long as Calyx. For specific identity of first plant, close up of flower or side view of flower to expose length of corolla tube is necessary.


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The length of corolla tube in the first species is shorter as compared to second one. Attaching another side view of plant for further identification clues.


Calyx is not clearly visible, but P. trollii could be considered.


Some earlier relevant feedback from another thread efi thread: “Both this and other plant identified as P. moltkoides need to be relooked, as typical Pseudomertensia should have erect corolla lobes (and not spreading).


May be some Myosotis species as per images herein.




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