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Gynura lycopersicifolia DC., Prodr. 6: 300. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 334. 1881.


Herbs, shrubby; stems stramineous, slightly fleshy, angular, hollow, up to 2 m tall, coarsely brownish hispid. Leaves 10 - 20 cm long, lyrate pinnatisect, ovate, terminal lobe and 1 - 3 pairs of lateral segments with few intermediate lobes, margins irregularly coarsely dentate, 2 - 10 x 1 - 8 cm; brownish hispid on both the surfaces; petiole 1 - 5 cm long, densely pubescent. Capitula discoid, in terminal corymb, bracteolate. Involucre campanulate; bracts linear-lanceolate, 10 - 14 x 1.5 - 2.5 mm, acute, glabrous; peduncle many-bracteate, 1 - 4 cm long. Florets orange, 10 - 14 mm long. Achenes black, ca 4 mm long, ribbed, Sparsely pubescent between the ribs. Pappus· white, 10 - 13 mm long.



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1a. Leaves softly pubescent; peduncles bearing several bracts at the base of the capitula; involucres 1.2 - 1.3 cm long; bracts 3-ribbed; florets 10 - 11 mm long 3.1. Iycopersicifolia
b. Leaves hispid; peduncles with regularly spaced bracts along their length; involucres 1.5 - 1.7 cm long; bracts, 4 - 5 ribbed; florets 13 - 14 mm long 3.2. taprobanensis


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