Malvaceae Week: Lavatera cachemiriana from Gulmarg, Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

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Sep 8, 2011, 10:16:34 PM9/8/11
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Lavatera cachemiriana Cambess, Voy. Inde 4(Bot): 29 29, 1841 

Syn: Althaea cachemiriana (Cambess.) KuntzeLavatera 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. 

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Balkar Arya

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Sep 9, 2011, 12:16:20 AM9/9/11
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You are great Sir, introducing us to so many little known plants of  family Malvaceae 
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Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat
Haryana-132103
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