3. Primula macrophylla D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 80. 1825. Duby in DC., Prodr. 8:41.1844; W.W. Smith & H.R. Fletcher in Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinb. 60.586. 1942; Ludlow in J. Roy. Hort. Soc. 76, 6:200. 1951; Wendelbo in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 9: 6. 1965.
YASIN J. NASIR
A stout perennial with a short rootstock. Leaves 3-29 x 0:4-4.5 cm, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate or oblanceolate, ± firm, entire, denticulate to finely crenulate, farinose or efarinose; the farina white, rarely yellow, distributed uniformly on the under surface, apex acute to obtuse, midrib impressed on the upper surface. Petiole broad sheathed. Scape up to 32 cm long, (2-) 8-60 (-65) flowered, fairly stout. Bracts 7-20 mm long, exceeding the calyx length or not, broad lanceolate to lanceolate, acute to obtusish, puberulous (especially on the margin), blackish or not. Pedicel 1.5-4 cm long, exceeding the bracts, puberulous or glabrous. Flowers heteromorphic, purple, pink-purple, violet or lilac. Calyx up to 12 mm long, subcylindric, often tinged black (in the dried state), lobes lanceolate, 4.5-5(-6) mm long, up to 8 mm in fruit, longer than or equalling the tube, puberulous. Corolla tube 9-12 mm long, exceeding the calyx; limb 1.5-1.8 cm broad, lobes obtuse or bibbed, 6-10 mm broad, entire. Ovary globose to slightly depressed, 2.5-3 mm broad, style 8-9 mm long (in thrum-eyed flowers c.3 mm). Capsule 12-17 mm long, broad cylindric, usually much exceeding the calyx. Seeds c.l mm long, angular, papillose.
Represented in Pakistan by 2 varieties.