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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl.Per: July-August
Type: Type: “in Himalaya, Kunawar infer. Royle (G,P).
Distribution: Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir and North-Western India.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Plantago himalaica is closely related to Plantago major in the form of leaves, scapes and spikes etc., but is distinguished by having a stipitate calyx and comparatively smaller, usually subsessile, sometimes shortly petiolate leaves. The scapes and spikes are usually shorter and the capsules never contain more than 6 seeds. In some cases only 3-4 seeds were found.
Photo: Plantago himalaica Pilg. (Photo)
Map Location: B-6 N.W.F.P.; Bishgram, R.R. Stewert & A. Rehman 24984 (RAW); B-7 Hazara Dist; Kaghan Valley, R.R. & I.D. Stewart 6064 (RAW). C-8 Kashmir; Pahlgam, R.R. & I.D. Stewart 5459 (RAW). Above Gulmarg, ± 3,500 m, R.R. Stewart 13304, 114801 (RAW); Rajdhiangan Pass R.R. Stewart 19487 (RAW); Tragbal Pass, R.R. Stewart 7914 (RAW).


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Perennial, stemless, glabrous herb with short thick, up to 2 cm long rhizomes. Leaves about 10 in rosettes, erect, rarely decumbent, very variable in shape, usually 2-6 cm long, lamina 1.5-2.5 (-3) cm broad, membranous, ovate-oval to broad ovate, 3-5-nerved, narrowed above, tapering below into a long narrow petiole, 3-4 cm, rarely up to 7 cm long, subentire, undulate to variously denticulate, Scapes 2-5, sometimes more, erect, rarely arcuate, (5-) 10-17 cm long, glabrous below slightly villous above. Spike narrow cylindrical, 2-5 cm long. Bracts 3 mm long, glabrous, concave, broad-ovate, obtuse, carina prominent. Calyx shortly and thickly stipitate; sepals 2-2.5 cm long, anterior elliptic to nearly rotundate, posterior rotundate to slightly broader than long, not narrowed upward; upper margins membranous, carina narrow, prominent. Corolla tube slightly exceeding the calyx, lobes 1.5 mm long, lanceolate-ovate to ovate, shortly narrowed upwards, obtuse. Anthers 1.75 mm long. Capsule short rotundate. Seeds up to 6.
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