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Artemisia austro-himalayana (Y.R. Ling et Puri) Ling et Puri in Guihaia 8(1): 64. 1988. Artemisia tenuifolia auct. non Adam. ex DC. Ling et Puri lc. 5(1): 2. 1985.

Herbs, perennial; stems pale yellow or purplish brown erect, striate; branches patently puberulous or glabreseent. Middle and upper cauline leaves 3.5 - 5.5 x 2 - 3.5 cm, 1 - 2-pinnatisect, membranous, papery, short petioled; petioles 0.5 - 1.5 cm long; basal stipuliform, half amplexicaul, sparsely pubescent or glabrescent above or arachnoid-pubescent beneath, elliptic in outline; primary segments (3-) 4 - 5-sect; secondary segments 1 - 2-sect, elliptic or lanceolate, mucronate at the apices 0.3 - 1 x 2 - 2.5 mm. Floral leaves 3-sect or entire. Heads sessile or subsessile, slightly drooping in panicles or 3 - 5 heads crowded on the branch or solitary or laxly spiked, panicles many ovoid-campanulate or ovoid, 1.5 - 2.5 mm in diam. Involucral bracts in 3 - 4 series; outer bracts lanceolate, sparsely arachnoid-puberulous with membranous margins, midrib green; middle and inner long ovate, membranous or submembranous, glabrescent to glabrous. Receptacle minute, naked. Outer florets 7 - 11, female; corolla narrowly tubular, 2-dentate at the apex. Disc florets 8 - 12, hermaphrodite, tubular; limb 5-dentate, purple. Anther apices triangular, acute, bases acute. Style arms truncate, penicillate. Achenes long, ovoid or elliptic-ovoid minute.

Fl. & Fr. Sept.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, at 4000 m. Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (Garhwal : Niti).

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