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Christolea himalayensis (Cambess.) Jafri in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 22:; 13. f. 1, F. 1955. Cheiranthes himalayensis Cambess. in Jacquem., Voy. Bot. 14. 1844; Hook. f.& T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 132. 1872. C. himalaicus Hook. f. & Thomson in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 5: 137. 1861. Ermania himalayensis (Cambess.) O. Schulz in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 9: 1080. 1927.


Herbs, densely greyish pilose; rootstock much-divided; stems suberect, leafy, 3 - 15 long. Leaves obovate or spathulate-obovate, subfleshy, cuneate at base, 3 - 5-toothed above, 7 - 15 x 3 - 8 mm. Flowers ca 5 mm across in terminal dense racemose heads, violet or purplish, fragrant; pedicels ca 1 cm long in fruit, pilose. Sepals ca 3 mm long, usually tinged dark purple. Petals ca 4 mm long, purplish, distinctly veined. Stamens ca 3 mm long. Ovary ca 4 mm long; stigma stout, bilobed. Fruits oblong, compressed, 2 - 3.5 cm long; valves with thickened margins. Seeds many, partially 2-seriate.

Fl. & Fr. June - July.

Distrib. India: 4000 - 5600 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan and China (W. Tibet).




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