Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Senecio raphanifolius Wallich ex DC., Prodr. 6: 366. 1838. Senecio diversifolius Wallich ex DC., Prodr. 6: 366. 1838; Hook.f. Fl. Brit. India 3: 340. 1881. S. chrysanthemoides DC. var. khasiana (C.B. Clarke) Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 339. 1881.


Herbs, perennial, robust, rhizomatous, arachnoid tomentose, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves both radical and cauline; radical leaves oblanceolate, lyrate pinnatifid into a large terminal lobe and few lateral lobes, dentate 8 - 30 x 2 - 5 cm, glabrous above, sparingly arachnoid beneath; petiole 5 - 8 cm long, expanded at the base; cauline leaves oblong, pinnatifid, 8 - 15 x 2.5 - 4 cm, sessile, base auriculate; auricles amplexicaul. Capitula radiate, broadly campanulate, 1.2 - 1.4 cm in diam., bracteolate; bracteoles 2 - 3, linear; peduncle stout, 1 - 3 cm long, fulvous pubescent. Involucre broadly campanulate 5 - 7 x 4 - 10 mm; bracts blackish brown, oblong, 1.5 - 2 mm broad, acuminate, puberulous at the apex, herbaceous with scarious margins. Ray florets ca 14, ca 11 mm long, 4-veined; ray 8 x 2.5 mm; tube 3 mm. Disc florets numerous, 5 mm long. Achenes ca 3 mm long, glabrous. Pappus reddish, ca 5 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Jul. - Sept.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas and N.E. region, between 2700 - 4400 m. Sikkim and Meghalaya.

Bhutan, Myanmar and China.




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