Plants in the Wild: Annapurna primulas March 2007
Started by: Susan Read
Large quantities of primula , pale lilac ?edgeworthii/nana/gracilipes. Any comments on nameGo to latest contribution by Susan Read, 30 October 2008, 16:59. Go to bottom of this page.
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I have just picked up this thread about quantities of lilac primulas near Annapurna. It sounds as if they were probably P. nana (= edgeworthii = winteri) which is common there, but there are a number of other possibilities. Are there any photos? Queries as to name are usually best accompanied by a photo. John Richards
I sent original comment with pic which AGS system seemed unable to cope with at the time! Have tried to attach picture file again. John I do have your book. Susan Read
Picture of a plant which may be different or just a variation?
Hello Susan Yes, the upper photograph is the pink form of Primula nana (=edgeworthii) that is found in central Nepal. Further west it tends to be bluer. The lower photo, with flowers clustered on a stem is the familiar P. denticulata. John Richards
Thanks for comments...area had a lot of smaller plants such as the one attached and nothing between as far as I could see Susan
Recent repeat visit to this area rewarded with good display. Could it be boothii subsp autumnalis?
Yes, I am sure P. boothii subsp. autumnalis is the right name for this. It was originally collected from near Ghorepane, south of Annapurna. It looks as if this plant has paler flowers than the clone 'Annapurna Autumn' in cultivation.
I think the plant had suffered from a hard frost...just a few miutes away a vertical bank in the shade was covered with smaller plants in better condition. Digital photography seems to affect the colour, especially where blue is concerned