Photographer's Note

I am resuming the upload of our Ronti Saddle expedition of September 2006. The name of the flower is Bhramha Kamal, one of the nice looking flower of the Himalayan range. We found it at Baguabasha at a height 14500 ft. We are bit lucky to get some fresh flowers still now and I captured those in no time.

Sauseurea Obyallata (Brahma Kamal)

The Brahma Kamal, a member of the Sunflower Family, is an excellent example of plant life at the upper limit of high mountains (3,000 to 4,600 metres). In membranous, boat-shaped floral trusses, it bears 2-6 sessile or shortly peduncled glabrous heads bearing purple or bluish flowers with brown fluff. Even in the cold air of the ice-bound arena, they come to bloom because of the warm space created by the leaf-cover a device that qualifies the plant to become one of the sacred species whose flowers are offered up, as pointed out by Edgeworth, at the shrines of Badrinath. The glabrous, toothed leaves are 10 to 21 cm. long, the uppermost terminating into incurved, bladdery, veined, translucent, globose or hemispheric pale head, 7.5 cm. to 15.5 cm. in diameter. The herb, 15 to 46 cm. tall, has a pubescent or glabrate stem as thick as a little finger. Its thick curved root is applied to bruises and cuts.

(Text by courtesy: S. N. Tata and T. G. S. Sastry)

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