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12. Primula algida Adams in Weber & Mohr. Beitr. Naturk. 1:46. 1805. Lehmann, Monograph Prim. 68. t. 7.1817; Duby in DC., Prodr. 8:39.1844; Boiss., Fl. Or. 4:29.1879; Pax, l.c. 22; W.W. Smith & H.R. Fletcher, l.c.6; Fedorov in Bobrov & Schischkin, Fl. URSS. 18:158.1952; Wendelbo in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 9:11.1965.


  • Primula farinosa M. Bieb.

    A glabrous plant devoid of farina. Rootstock emitting slender whitish roots. Leaves 2.5-4 x 1.0-1.5 cm, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, or acute, denticulate to serrulate, lamina gradually tapering into the petiole, midrib prominent on the under surface. Scape variable from 6-21 cm long, up to 23.5 cm in fruit, fairly stout, glabrous. Flowers usually heteromorphic, umbellate. Larger bracts 6-8 mm long, lanceolate, barely saccate, reflexed in fruit. Calyx 6-7 mm long, campanulate, less than ½ cleft, accrescent in fruit, often violet-purple tinged; lobes triangular-ovate, margin glandulose. Corolla tube slightly exceeding or c. the calyx length; limb 12-13 mm broad; lobes narrow, 4.5-5 mm long, emarginate. Style 2-2.5 mm long (thrum-eyed flowers). Capsule oblong, more or less the calyx length. Seeds oblong-ovoid, less than 1 mm long, angled, papillose.

    Fl. Per.: mid. June.

    Holotype: Described from Caucasus, Adams.

    Distribution: Caucasus, N. Iran, Altai, N. Mongolia, Pamir Alai, Afghanistan.

    Not common. On the basis of the absence or occurence of farina the species has been variously termed as var. sibirica (Ledeb.) Pax-(efarinose) or var. armena (C. Koch) Pax-(farinose). The single representative sheet from our area (l.c.) has leaves which are efarinose. The species resembles Primula capitellata, from which it differs mainly in the reflexed fruiting bracts. Found in alpine meadows, up to an elevation of 4572 m.


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