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Published In: Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 26: 840–842. 1868. (Bot. Zeitung (Berlin)) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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Flower/Fruit: Fl.Per.: June-August.
Type: Lectotype: Kumaon, Strachey & Winterbottom 2(K).
Distribution: Distribution: W. Himalayas, from 2700-4700 m, Afghanistan, USSR, (Tadzhikistan).
Comment/Acknowledgements: Commonly growing gregariously on moist rocky slopes in Kashmir, Baltistan, Gilgit, Chitral and Upper Kaghan areas on much higher and colder altitudes than Bergenia ciliata. The plant, rather small in stature, is very attractive in autumn when the leaf colour changes to red. Leaves are used for making a brew and as a source of tanning materials.

A specimen from Bedori, Azad Kashmir, 2.7.1952, R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir s.n. (RAW), differs in its smaller size, with broadly obovate, densely ciliate leaves, 3.5 x 1.5 cm, and in the densely villous calyx and pedicels. When more material is available this may prove to be a new taxon.

Illustration: Bergenia stracheyi (Hook. f. & Thomson) Engl. (Illustration)
Map Location: A-6 Chitral: Chitral, Hassandin 220 (RAW); alpine zone, common in moist places at the mouth of glaciers. I.I. Chaudri 189 (RAW); A-9 Gilgit: Jutial Nullah, 19.7.1954. R. R. Stewart s.n. (RAW); B-7 Babusar Pass, c. 13000', M. A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 2815 (RAW); Swat: Sho Nala, on rocks, 11000', A. Rahman 54 (RAW); Hazara Dist.: Kaghan, Shogran, 7700’, gregarious between roeks,1.7.1953, Kazmi s.n. (KUH); Sari Hut to Mt. Makra, c. 11200, Y. & I. Nasir & E. J. Ecker 7647 (RAW); Naran, July 1964, Malik s.n. (PES); Baltistan: B-8 Deosai Plains, Aug. 1930, R.R. Stewart & J. R. Graham s.n. (RAW); Burzil Pass top, Kuthnar, 10,000' R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir 23888 (RAW); B-9 Thalle La, 13000' R.R. & I.D. Stewart 20599 (RAW); Atosar Vy., 13000' Webster & Nasir 6088 (RAW); Karakorum: Bilafond glacier, 14500', 18.8.1962, Raja Bashir s.n. (RAW); Usi Mar, c. 14000', R.R. Stewart 20187 (RAW).


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Plants (13-)20(-37)cm tall. Leaves (3-)6-15 x (1-)4-8 cm, obovate to oblong-obovate, base cuneate, apex rounded, margin crenate to dentate, ciliate. Scapa usually 12-24 cm long, pink tinged, glabrous to glandular-villous. Flowers white, pink tinged or yellowish. Sepals 5-7 mm long, oblong, obtuse, glabrous to pubescent, ciliate. Petals 7-10 mm long, unguiculate, limb orbicular. Carpels 2(-3), the third when present smaller. Capsule 10-13 x 5-6 mm, including styles; seeds dark brown, c. 1 mm, elongated; testa scalariform.
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