Lavatera cachemiriana Cambess, Voy. Inde 4(Bot): 29 29, 1841
Syn: Althaea cachemiriana (Cambess.) Kuntze; Lavatera cachemiriana var. haroonii Abedin
Soft pubescent herb up to 2.5 m tall, lower leaves cordate-orbicular, 5-lobed, shallowly crenate, upper leaves 3- or 5-lobed, midlobe longest; flowers solitary in upper leaf axils, 5-8 cm across; epicalyx 3, ovate, united up to middle, shorter than calyx; petals pink, about 4-5 cm long, deeply bi-lobed, hairy at base; staminal tube-8-12 mm long; fruit up to 1.5 mm across with 20-25 mericarps shorter than central axis.
Species endemic to Kashmir
Photographed from Gulmarg in July, growing on open slopes.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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