Swertia dilatata C. B. Clarke, in J.D.Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 4: 22 (1883);
SW. Tibet, Nepal to E. Himalaya and Assam: Assam, East Himalaya, Nepal, Tibet as per POWO;
Common name: Dilated Swertia


swertia Identification : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Pl. identify Swertia (1797, 1800 AND 1801)

Swertia chirayita? Not sure though

I think Swertia paniculata Wall. as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Swertia

Swertia (1797, 1800 AND 1801) seems Swertia dilatata. Please mention name of location for photographs posted for identification purposes.

Swertia paniculata ABSEP2016/46 : 6 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.
Another Swertia for me, the fourth species, but still a lot more to find. Please validate.
Swertia paniculataPanicled Swertia
Near Gallu Temple, Above Mcleodganj, HP 2000m approx. 25 September 2016

Yes the commonest of all, very beautiful!!

Thank you … So far I have seen only three plants but hopefully I will keep discovering them. The most common here so far is the S. ciliata with dozens of plants from 2000m and above.

Swertia paniculata is an accepted name within ‘The Plant List’.
I have only just realised that ‘The Plant List’ is very useful, with links to herbarium specimens at Kew (if there are any digitised) and images.
From there are links to Kew herbarium but the resolution is low, so one can only gain any overall impression of the plants habit from this:
The only descriptions I have of this species are in ‘Flora Simlensis’ (which you probably have a copy of) and can access it within ‘Flora of
British India’ (but I do not use this much).
The Kew specimens – only checked the Blinkworth one from India (no location given).
Stewart lists the species from N.Pakistan & Kashmir from 1000-2700m.
You may well know Alok’s Blog (from not that far away from you).
of S.paniculata – assuming his identification is correct?
I am not an expert on Swertia, not having inspected them closely before, so cannot comment further at this stage.

Thank you … What I know about S. paniculata is that the purple ring at the corolla base is broken (continuous in S. ciliata) apart from the shape of nectaries etc. To me the flower in … blog look like Sweria ciliata.

This may be also be Swertia dilatata as per discussions at swertia Identification and


SK 3216 10 September 2021: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2500m.
Date: 25 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Swertia paniculata Wall.  ??? With slightly different shades of petals?

Yes, Swertia paniculata Wall.




POWO  Catalogue of Life  Flora of Pakistan  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal Flowers of India
Notes on the existence of Swertia dilatata C. B. Clarke (Gentianaceae): An Exomorphological Analysis (pdf)- Subhasis Panda- WSN 45(2) (2016) 331-341

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