Phelipaea languinosa C.A. Mey.
Perennial or biennial, 10-35 cm tall, stem often simple, mealy hairy; scales ovate-lanceolate to oblong-ovate, 6-15mm long. Spikes 5-10 cm long, densely flowered. Bracts ± longer than calyx, (8-) 10-14 mm long; bracteoles shorter than calyx, narrow, linear, free. Calyx 8-12 mm long, teeth hardly longer than tube, triangular-acuminate. Corolla 18-25 mm long, tubulose-infundibuliform, bluish, somewhat, constricted above the ovary at insertion point of stamens, expanded above, oblique to suberect; lobes ovate-obtuse to elliptic-subobtuse. Stamen filaments subpilose below, glandulose near the apex; anthers glabrous. Capsule 6-7 mm long, ovoid; stigma bilobed, dark-coloured.
Type: Sarepta, on Artemisia, Burkhard (W).
Distribution: Cents al and S. Europe, Trans-Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, C. Asia and Kashmir.
A variable species, reported to be fairly common in Kashmir, Murree to Karakorum, in the northern hilly regions of our area but under-collected. Parasitic on Artemisia and Berberis roots.