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Artemisia minor Jacq. ex Bess. in Bull. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 9: 22. 1836; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 329. 1881.

Herbs, perennial; small, pale green to silky white tomentose, 5 - 10 cm high; branches often several, spreading from the branched woody rootstock. Cauline leaves 0.5 - 1 cm long, flabellate, 2-pinnatifid, petioled or sessile; segments small; lower leaves densely Imbricating, 0.5 - 2 cm long, flabellately 2-pinnatifid, sessile; segments linear, obtuse. Heads bracteate, shortly peduncled to subsessile upwards, solitary, sometimes crowded at the ends of branches, spicate, 0.5 - 0.8 cm in diam. Involucral bracts broadly ovate, White tomentose with broad scarious margins; inner broadly ovate to ovate-lanceolate with more or less hairy scarious margins. Receptacle hairy. Outer florets female, fertile; narrowly oblong, 1.2 x 0.5 m, corolla obscurely lobed. Disc florets yellow hermaphrodite, fertile, tubular, 2 x 1 mm, sparsely glandular, narrowed to the base; limb Purple brown, 5-fid pubescent, acute. Anthers acuminate. Achenes cylindric, 1.2 x 0.8 mm, obscurely ribbed, winged, somewhat auricled at the top.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, on stony slopes and alpine meadows between 4500- 5000 m. Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh) and Sikkim.

Pakistan, Bhutan, W. & E. Tibet and China.

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