Gentiana kaufmaniana var. affghanica Kusn.
Perennial, 20-40 cm high, erect herb with stout rootstock and stringy root. Basal leaves rosulate, 4-15 x 0.8 - 1.5 cm, linear - lanceolate or oblong, obtuse-acute, entire, uninerved, cauline leaves smaller, 2.5-43 x 03-1.25 cm, lanceolate, acute, entire, sheathing at base. Flowers terminal, 1-3, 33-5.0 cm long, campanulate. Calyx 1.75-3.0 cm long, tube 0.75-13 cm long, lobes 7, 0.6-1.4 x 0.2-0.5 cm, linear or oblong, acute-acuminate, scabrid. Corolla 3.0-4.75(-5.0) cm long, dark blue, tube 2.75-4.5 cm long, lobes 03-0.75 x 0.25-0.45 cm, ovate, obtuse-rotundate, entire, plicae small, asymmetric, lanceolate-ovate, tru ncate, crenate. Stamens 5, filaments winged at base, or in lower portion, anthers dorsifixed, bibbed. Ovary stipitate, style small, stigma ovate. Capsule subexserted, with numerous seeds, seeds narrowly winged, striate.
Fl. Per.: August-September.
Type: Affghanistan, Herb. Griffith 5817 (Holo-LE, Iso-BM!, K!, P!).
Distribution: Afghanistan and Pakistan (?).
Schiman-Czeika (l.c.) reported this taxon from S. Waziristan, but I have not seen any specimen from our area.
A perennial species of dry mountain slopes at an elevation of 5000-8000 ft.