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Cacalia pentaloba Hand-Mazz. in Acta Hort. Gotob. 12: 298. 1938. Senecio quinquelobus (DC.) Hook.f. & Thomson in C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 209. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Indin 3: 353. 1881. Prenanthes quinquelobus DC., Prodr. 6: 404. 1838. Senecio bhutanicus Balakr. in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 67: 61. 1970. S. himalayensis Mukherjee in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 20(2): 131. 1973. S. duthiei M.A. Rau in High Alt. Fl. Pl. 135. 1975.


Herbs, perennial, glabrous to puberulous, 60 - 90 cm high; stems long, slender, grooved. Leaves blackish green, 5 - 7 or 9 angled or palmately lobed; lobes acute, base cordate or subreniform, cuneate, acuminate, margins coarsely sinuate toothed, 1.5 - 9 x 1 - 9 cm, subcoriaceous to membranous, glandular-pubescent mainly on veins; venation very prominent; petiole 2.5 - 5 cm long, slender, slightly winged, sparsely to densely pubescent, exauriculate to minutely auriculate. Capitula discoid, drooping, in simple or branched racemes bearing bulb like leaf buds (Bulbils) in the axils, bracteolate. Involucral bracts 5 - 6, linear-oblong to linear-lanceolate, 7 - 8 x 0.5 - 1 mm, obtuse to subacute, herbaceous or with narrow scarious margins. Disc florets 5 - 8.5 mm long; tube 1.5 - 2 mm long. Achenes cylindrical, 2.5 mm long, compressed, ribbed. Pappus white, 5 - 8 mm long, barbed.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Sept.

Distrib. India: On shady slopes of forests. Uttar Pradesh.

Bhutan and Myanmar.




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