Syn.: Pedicularis geminata Port. ex J. N. Gebhard
Family: Orobanchaceae Vent.

Pedicularis portenschlagii

Distribution: Endemic to the Eastern Alps, occurs only in Austria.

Ecology: It grows in mountain meadows, pastures and screes, on rocky slopes, in subalpine and alpine zones. It blooms from June to August.

Pedicularis portenschlagii

Description: Perennial, hemiparasitic herbs, 3–8(–10) cm tall. Stem ascending to erect, glabrous except for 1–2 lines of hairs. Leaves in a basal rosette, oblong-lanceolate, pinnatifid, segments ovate-lanceolate, dentate. Flowers (1–)2(–5) in a capitate raceme; bracts pinnatifid, equalling or shorter than the calyx; calyx glabrous or sparsely pubescent, teeth lanceolate, pinnatifid, about half as long as tube; corolla up to 25(–30) mm, pinkish- or purplish-red, tube nearly twice as long as calyx, upper lip galeate, laterally compressed, the lower 3-lobed. The fruit is a capsule.

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Pedicularis portenschlagii

These images were taken in Austria, Raxalpe (June 19, 2004).