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Gynura nepalensis DC., Prodr. 6: 300. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 333. 1881. Gynura foetens Wallich ex DC., Prodr. 6: 300. 1838. Gynura nepalensis DC. var. thomsoni C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 171 . 1876.


Shrubs, perennial, hoary pubescent; st~ms corymbosely branched above, grooved. Leaves obovate to elliptic-lanceolate or rhomboid, acute to acuminate, margins incised with mucronuhite teeth or shallow angular lobes, 3 - 20 x 1 - 6 cm, canescent or with scattered white hairs on the upper surface, base cuneate into 0.5 - 5 cm long petiole; uppermost leaves linear-lanceolate, transitional to bracts, sessile. Capitula, discoid, campanulate, loosely aranged in terminal corymb, 1.5 - 2 cm in diam., on peduncle with few linear bracts; peduncle 1 - 10 cm long, pubescent. Involucre campanulate, slightly longer than broad, bracteolate; bracteoles half the length of the involucral bracts, liner, subulate with spreading white hairs on the margins; bracts 14, linear-lanceolate, 9 - 5 - 14 x 1.5 mm, subglabrous to densely hoary pubescent, with narrow scarious margins. Florets yellow, ca 10.5 mm long. Achenes dark brown, cylindrical, 4 - 6 mm long, pubescent or glabrous, deeply-many ribbed. Pappus of white, slender hairs, ca 10 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. March - May.

Distrib. India: Himalayas and the N.E. region. Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Meghalaya.

Nepal, China, Myanmar and Thailand.




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