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Herbs, annual, biennial or perennial, usually appressed strigose-pubescent and glandular hairy. Leaves linear, oblanceolate or spathulate; nerves indistinct. Heads solitary or in loose terminal racemes or corymbs. Involucral bracts 2 - 3-seriate, linear-lanceolate with scarious margins. Receptacle slightly convex, foveolate. Ray florets, blue or mauve, usually ligulate. Disc florets yellow, tubular, 5-lobed of unequal length (4 short, 1 long). Style appendages deltoid. Achenes obovate, compressed. Pappus of equal length on all achenes.

E. Asia, Himalayas, Tibet and Iran; ca 6 species, 3 in India.

Literature. GRIERSON, A.J.C. (1964) A revision of the Aster of the Himalayan area. Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 26(1): 147.


1a. Ray florets absent 3. Heteropappus holohermaphroditus
b. Ray florets present 2
2a. Leaves entire; involucral bracts ca 6 mm long 2. Heteropappus gouldii
b. Leaves crenate; involucral bracts ca 1 cm long 1. Heteropappus crenatifolius

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