The Queen of Himalayan flowers


Kuaripass trek, Winter KuariPass, Winter trek Kuaripass, Pangarchulla peak, Pangarchulla Peak trek, Kedarkantha

The queen of Himalayan flowers

Family name – PAPAVARACEAE Poppy family,

World- 26 genera, 250 species

India – 3 genera, 25 species


World – 40 species
India – 20 specie

The term is derived from Greek words Mecon meaning Poppy and opsis referring to flowers.

Aculeata means bearing a prickle, referring to prickly nature of the plant.

English name – Blue Poppy

The flower are often called as Queen of Himalayan flowers

Kedarkantha trek, Trans Himalaya, Kag bhusandi trek, Kag bhusandi lake, Satopanth

Local name – Neela posta

Prickly herbs with steam 40-50 cm tall. Leaves 10-20 × 4-5 misshape very variable oblong, or cordate to deltoid, pinnatified with irregularly
divided segments; petiole 10 – 15 cm. Basally expanded and sheathing the steam; leaves at the top are smaller and sessile. Flowers fluorescent
blue,3-4 cm across; sepals 2, broadly oblong – orbicular, petals 4, rarely 6 obovate, thin and papery, stamens many, yellow, Fruit capsular, prickly.
Best time to explore – June to September

Distribution – India “Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, J & K, Uttar Pradesh” Bhutan , Nepal, China and Pakistan

Habitat – Rocky slopes/ Rocky areas, Hill slopes.

Altitude – 2100 to 4500mtr. Uses – whole plant ☘️ is used as tonic. Whole plant is used in Tibetan medicine as a Painkiller. It’s used in
the treatment of fever and inflammations


Whole plant contains narcotics constituents; roots are considered to be poisonous.

Status – Endangered

Satopanth trek, Bagini glacier, Bagini glacier trek, Himalayan trek, Winter trek, Local Tour operator

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