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Christolea stewartii (T. Anderson) Jafri in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 22(1): 53. f. I, E. 1955. Cheirollthus stewartii T. Anderson in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 132. 1872. Ermania stewartii (T. Anderson) O. Schulz in Bot. Jahrb. 66: 98. 1933.


Stems slender, erect, up to 15 cm high. Basal leaves spathulate, subcoriaceous, toothed at tip, 1.2 - 2.5 x 0.5 - 1 cm, woolly; upper linear, entire, smaller. Racemes 6 - 12-flowered, braeteate, up to 7.5 cm long in fruit. Flowers ca 5 mm across, purple; Pedicels ca 5 mm long in fruit. Sepals oblong, ca 2 mm long. Petals broadly spathulate, ca 5 mm long. Stamens ca 2 mm long. Stigma sessile. Fruits linear, tapering at both ends 2.5 - 3.5 cm long ca 4 mm broad; valves flat. Seeds small, ovate-oblong, somewhat 2-seriate.

Fl. & Fr. July - Aug.

Distrib. India: Alpine W. Himalayas, 4500 - 5500 m. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Endemic.




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