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Meconopsis latifolia (Prain) Prain in Bull. Misc. Inf. Kew 1915: 146. 1915. M. sinuata Prain var. lalifolia Prain in Curtis, Bot. Mag. 134: t. 8223. 1908.


Herbs, monocarpic, with stout elongated taproots; stems 30 - 100 cm high, simple, leafy, covered with yellowish brown or golden brown 2 - 8 mm long bristles. Leaves oblong or ovate-lanceolate, acute or obtuse, sinuate-lobed or deeply incised-serrate, rarely pinnatilobed; basal leaves 6 - 22 x 2 - 6 cm, on 2 - 8 cm long bristly petioles; upper ones sessile. Flowers axillary or terminal, forming leafy racemes; uppermost flowers usually ebracteate; pedicels 2 - 8 cm long, hairy as on stems. Sepals broadly oblong, 1 - 1.5 cm long. Petals 4, pale blue or white, obovate or suborbicular, 2 - 3 cm long. Filaments 8 - 10 mm long. Ovary ovoid, bristly; styles 1.5 - 3 mm long. Capsules ellipsoid, oblong, bristly, dehiscing by 4 - 7 valves, 1 - 1.5 cm long (excl. stylar beak); seeds subreniform and plano-convex.

Fl. & Fr. July - Oct.

Distrib. India: N.W. Himalayas, 2100 - 4600 m. Jammu & Kashmir.

Endemic.

Notes. Chromosome no. n = 28 (Ratter in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 28: 191 - 200. 1967).




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