Re: [indiantreepix:4317] Re: Brahmakamal

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vinod kumar gupta

Aug 21, 2008, 12:35:29 AM8/21/08
to satish phadke, Pradnya Shenoy,
I had also found plenty of brahmkamal flowers near hemkund,and those were obviously very different from these ones

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From: satish phadke <>
To: Pradnya Shenoy <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:32:50 PM
Subject: [indiantreepix:4317] Re: Brahmakamal

This cactaceae member is called as Brahmakamal in Marathi and probably in other languages.
The true Brahmakamal blooms in Himalayas in large numbers, near Hemkund Sahib, an important pilgrim center for Sikhs.
You may observe the pictures of these in Pravin's album of valley of flowers.
Or may I request Pravin to post it separately for the members?

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 1:33 PM, Pradnya Shenoy <> wrote:
> taken at my home. the flowers bloomed on 17th aug 2008.
> dr pradnya
> >

Pravin Kawale

Aug 21, 2008, 1:08:11 AM8/21/08
to vinod kumar gupta, satish phadke, Pradnya Shenoy,
Recently  I visited Hemkund sahiba,
valley of Flowers .Attaching true Bramhakamal"s

Bramhakamal 1.JPG
Bramhakamal 2.JPG

Madhuri Pejaver

Aug 21, 2008, 7:43:00 AM8/21/08
to Pravin Kawale,
beautiful photos
but i have always seen the photos of such buds only.
has anybody in the group the photo of open flower?
i have never seen the opened flower. it will be worth seeing it because of its huge structure.
somebody in group has wriiten that it belongs to famILY Astraceae.
it will be worth watching such a big aster(sun)

--- On Thu, 8/21/08, Pravin Kawale <> wrote:

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J.M. Garg

Aug 21, 2008, 9:45:58 AM8/21/08
to, Pravin Kawale,

Madhuri Pejaver

Aug 21, 2008, 9:53:50 AM8/21/08
to J.M. Garg,

thanks Gargji
but does it appears of asteraceae?

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J.M. Garg

Aug 21, 2008, 10:09:31 AM8/21/08
Yes it is- being called Saussurea obvallata. Here are extracts from Wikipedia link on Saussurea:

Saussurea is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to cool temperate and arctic regions of Asia, Europe, and North America, with the highest diversity in alpine habitats in the Himalaya and central Asia. Common names include saw-wort and snow lotus, the latter used for a number of high altitude species in central Asia.

They are perennial herbaceous plants, ranging in height from dwarf alpine species 5-10 cm tall, to tall thistle-like plants up to 3 m tall. The leaves are produced in a dense basal rosette, and then spirally up the flowering stem. The flowers form in a dense head of small capitula, often completely surrounded in dense white to purple woolly hairs; the individual florets are also white to purple. The wool is densest in the high altitude species, and aid in thermoregulation of the flowers, minimising frost damage at night, and also preventing ultraviolet light damage from the intense high altitude sunlight.

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Sushmita Jha

Aug 21, 2008, 10:18:34 AM8/21/08
to J.M. Garg,,
The common name (at least in tea bungalows of Assam) of this flower is Star of Bethlehem. The flower opens up fully by midnight and withers by morning. Brahmakamal is indeed different as shown in photos taken in Hemkund. 
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