Problems with Cultivation and Identification: Mystery Himalayan
Started by: Susan Read
White flower so far unidentified 4800m Everest area August picture accidentally added to previous thread.Go to latest contribution by Susan Read, 27 November 2009, 15:22. Go to bottom of this page.
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Susan, I think your plant is Hypecoum leptocarpum, a member of the Papaveraceae usually found in dryer areas. Thank you for posting pictures of your latest Everest Trek.
Many thanks, I am pretty sure that is it. Google has 2 similar pics and lots of interesting stuff re medicine inc NIH work. I had looked through lists of plants in Poppy family without success! Hope the pic appears below. It was growing on lateral moraine at about 4800m.
There is not unanimous agreement about the taxonomy of Hypecoum and it is sometimes described under a separate family, the Fumariaceae. Flora of China includes it in Papaveraceae, but has it in a separate sub-family, the Fumarioideae. It is genus 13 in the FOC Papaveraceae key.