Thingnam Girija: Best Flora Photograph:
In June 2013 we (Tabish and I) were returning from Bumla Pass, in Tawang area, and were at altitude of 4000-4500 m, and we came across this captivating sight. The story emerged much later after Tabish thoroughly analyzed the pictures taken by us. Primula strumosa is a beautiful primrose with pale yellow flowers, with a golden eye at the center. Primula calderiana is a tall primrose with dark purple flowers with a golden eye. It was conjectured and later verified that the two species hybridize freely at altitudes where their distributions overlap. The result is natural hybrids of virtually every color flowers! We were fortunate to come across this phenomenon where we saw a large expanse with Primula strumosa and various hydrids with Primula calderiana with flowers of many different colors. I was awestruck by the beauty of the landscape, and the story turned out to be even more exciting. I thought of sharing this with you all.
Thanks a lot, Thingnam ji, for the wonderful details and analysis.
You remain one of the top flower hunters.
Wonderful find, and beautiful picture, Girija !! Finding something new is a different joy altogether !!
Posted it in the efloraofindia Facebook page.
Pl. give it wide publicity in Social media, by posting it in your profile/ groups/ Instagram etc.
Thank you all for appreciating!
Extraordinary finding, and the feelings associated with it…
Another valley of Primulas!!
Such a beautiful picture of Primulas blooming in a valley full of flowers.