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Gynura travancorica W.W. Smith in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 6: 29.1914.


Herbs, erect, 0.8 - 1.2 m tall; stems stout, branched, grooved, fulvous pubescent. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, acute or subacute, distantly serrate, 7 - 8 x 1.5 cm, coriaceous, glabrous, reddish brown on drying; lower leaves with cuneate base; uppermost leaves lanceolate, sessile, with amplexicaul, auricled base. Capitula 1.5 - 2 cm in diam., many-bracteolate, on ca 2.5 cm long peduncle. Involucre narrowly campanulate, glabrous; bracts ca 14 - 16, linear-lanceolate, 12 - 15 x 2.5 mm, acute with membranous margins. Disc florets 8 - 12 mm long, very slender; limb very small, 5-lobed. Style arms long, subulate. Achenes greyish-black, cylindrical, 4 mm long, ribbed, with dense yellow pubescence. Pappus white, 10 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Feb. - May.

Distrib. India: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.




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