Primula malacoides


The plant that has been introduced from China to the Kathmandu region is best called P. forbesii. It seems likely (but not proven) that P. malacoides represents 'improved' cultivated versions (or 'good' selected forms) of the wild P. forbesii which is very similar but less robust and showy.
Both species are native to China, so this is a garden plant. These species have numerous variations but the key given by Smith and Fletcher uses the length of the petioles (equalling or exceeding the blade in P. malacoides and short in P. forbesii) to tell them apart.  


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SK928 03 JAN-2018 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Date: 22 March 2014
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Primula malacoides Franch. or Primula forbesii ???

Both appears close as per Primula malacoides & Primula forbesii
You have to find out the keys and differences between these two species. 

The plant that has been introduced from China to the Kathmandu region is best called P. forbesii. It seems likely (but not proven) that P. malacoides represents 'improved' cultivated versions (or 'good' selected forms) of the wild P. forbesii which is very similar but less robust and showy.

Thank you ...!
Both species are native to china, so this is a garden plant. These species have numerous variations but the key given by Smith and Fletcher uses the length of the petioles (equalling or exceeding the blade in P. malacoides and short in P. forbesii) to tell them apart. Location could also be significant if this was a wild plant. I would place this as P. malacoides. Neither species at the moment has been checked or update on my website.


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flowering herb for id mm1 27 05 2012: another plant from family primulaceae perhaps
growing wild in the darjeeling botanical garden and elsewhere in the town
photographed in the first week of april
My search results are given below :-

This is Primula melacoides. Basically a Chinese plant, = nicely naturalized in Darjeeling - Sikkim - Nepal areas!!
 
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Primula malacoides Franch. 'Prima Rose with Eye'
Cultivar photographed from Sunnyvale, California
 
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Please help to identify this Primula shot from Pelling in Sikkim..
This could be Primula dumicola.
But need more validation.
Yes, a common species at Pelling.
P. dumicola (Pictures & Details) as per Primula World - A Visual Reference for the Genus Primula
A reply from ..., Creator of Primula World - A Visual Reference for the Genus Primula :
"Image (1) is not of a Primula.
This is P. malacoides. P. dumicola is a hairy plant on leaves and scapes."
 
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AKJAN07 Primula sp. for identification. : 7 posts by 5 authors. 3 images.
Mussoorie, Jan 2015
Probably scape of cultivation.
I have seen this both in Mussorie as well as Sikkim.
Primula malacoides?
This is Primula malacoides.
This species is widely cultivated as a beautiful potted plant.
It is widely distributed in wild in Darjeeling, Sikkim and Shillong.
This is characterized by pubescent leaves along the veins and Scapes.
Although the photographs are not showing the umbels characters but it possesses more than 1 or 2-5 umbels. 


 
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SK1083 12 APR-2018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7) - around 700 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 3 April 2018
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Habit: Cultivated
Why is it so difficult to differentiate between P.  malacoides and P. foebesii ??

I think answer was given is some thread by John Richards. I think both are not correctly placed in efi site also.  

Yes I got that !

 
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Requesting to please ID this plant captured in the Ooty Botanical Gardens, Ooty in November 2013.
A suggestion received was Primula macoloides. Requested to please validate.
Looks like.

yes flowers but if i could have a better view of the leaves, just now its my surmise that they match but if you had more focussed picture, it would help


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