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Aquilegia nivalis (Baker) Bruehl in J. Asiat. Soc. Beng. 61(2): 300. 1893; Munz in Gentes Herb. 7: 24. 1946. A. glauca Lindl. var. nivalis Baker in Gard. Cbron. 2(10): 76. 1878. A. vulgaris L. var. jucunda Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 24. 1872.

Herbs, up to 20 cm high; stems simple, short, leafless or few-leaved. Radical leaves few, long-petioled, 2-ternate; leaflets subsessile, incised into broad blunt teeth. Cauline leaves 1 or 2, similar to radical leaves or usually absent. Flowers solitary, terminal, drooping, 3.5 - 5.5 cm across, dark purple. Sepals 5, petaloid, broadly ovate, orbicular, spreading. Petals 5, erect, funnel-shaped; spur much bent inwards. Stamens many, inner ones reduced to scales. Carpels 5 or more, free. Fruit a cluster of 5 follicles.

Fl. June - Aug.

Distrib. India: N.W . Himalayas, above 3000 m. Jammu & Kashmir.


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