Pedicularis pyramidata

Pedicularis pyramidata Royle ex Benth., Scroph. Ind. 52 1835. (syn: Pedicularis coeruleo-albescens Wendelbo; Pedicularis kashmiriana Pennell; Pedicularis pectinata var. pyramidata (Royle) Hook. fil.; Pedicularis pyramidata subsp. kashmiriana (Pennell) Tsoong);  

NW-India, Afghanistan (Badakshan, Kunar / Nuristan, Orozgan / Daykundi, Parwan, Takhar), Pakistan (Hazara, Chitral, Kurram), Pakistani Kashmir (Astor, Gilgit, Baltistan, Deosai), Jammu & Kashmir (Dras, Kashmir, Ladakh, Zanskar, Poonch) as per Catalogue of Life;



Found in the montane to upper alpine zones 
E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Kashmir and northwestern India 
Pedicularis pyramidata is a PERENNIAL. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) 
The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is said to have a sweet and astringent taste with a heating potency[241]. Analgesic and diuretic, it is used in the treatment of retained or accumulated fluids in the body, difficulty in micturation, breathlessness, inflammation of the bone/marrow, pain from inflammation and accumulation of serous fluids[241]. 
(From PFAF )  


Request for Identification
Kindly identify the plant.
Date: 6th August 2011.
Location: Paddar valley district Kishtwar J&K.
Altitude: 3850 meters asl.
Plant height: 45-60 cms
Habit/Habitat: Wild herb.
Pedicularis
Close up of flower necessary for species identification
Leaves and inflated calyx suggest Pedicularis Pyramidata, but flowers wouldbe conclusive.
To me also appear close to Pedicularis pyramidata as per Type specimen attached.
I image.

  
 
References:
Scrophulariaceae of the Western Himalayas  By Francis . Pennell (1943- Pedicularis pyramidata Royle ex Benth.)
IIIM (Pedicularis pyramidata Royle ex Benth.- specimen) PFAF  JSTOR (Type)  Flowers of India  Bhutan Biodiversity Portal  Dinesh Valke's Images

The Plant List  (Pedicularis jainii Aswal & Mehrotra (syn: Pedicularis pyramidata Royle ex Benth. (Unresolved))

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