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Gynura nitida DC. in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 24. 1834; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 333. 1881.


Herbs, stout, glabrous to sparingly pubescent; stems pale brown, stout, angular, grooved, sparingly pubescent, branched above in the inflorescence. Leaves obovate-lanceolate, acute or obtuse, 3 - 14 x 1 - 5 cm, coarsely toothed, glabrous, base narrowed, auricled or not; uppermost leaves sessile. Capitula orange-red, campanulate, 5 - 7-bracteolate, on 5 - 20 cm long peduncle; peduncle densely brownish pubescent. Involucre campanulate; bracts 12 - 16, linear-oblong, ca 8 - 9 mm long, subacute, membranous. Disc florets 10 - 12 mm long; tube 9 - 10 mm long; limb 1.3 - 2.5 mm long Achenes greyish-black, oblong, 1 - 1.2 mm long, strongly ribbed, hispid between the ribs. Pappus white, ca 15 mm long, slender.

Fl. & Fr. Jan. - Dec.

Distrib. India: Penninsular India, between 1200 - 2500 m. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.




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