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Meconopsis neglecta G. Taylor, Acc. Meconopsis 102. 1934; Dhar & Kachroo In Geobios, New Rep. 2: 132. 1983.

Herbs, monocarpic, 15 - 20 cm high; taproots dauciform, up to 14 cm long, ca 1 cm broad, passing upwards into short stem, covered with persistent leaf-bases. Leaves radical, ca 3.5 x 1 cm, on 3 - 3.5 cm long petioles, deeply pinnatifid, densely covered on both surfaces with pungent spines; lobes oblong, rounded at apex. Scapes up to 12, sparsely spiny, up to 15 cm long. Petals 4, broadly obovate or suborbicular, 1.5 - 2 cm across. Stamens many; filaments filiform; anthers yellow. Ovary ellipsoid, densely covered with pungent spines; styles distinct, ca 1 cm long; stigma capitate.

Fl. & Fr. not known.

Distrib. India: N.W. Himalayas, 3350 - 4000 m. Jammu & Kashmir.


Notes. The roots are medicinal, used as a narcotic in Kashmir.

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