Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Herbs, tall, erect, branched; stems hairy with straight or hooked hairs, usually corymbosely branched. Leaves radical as well as cauline; radical leaves usually oblanceolate, sinuate-toothed, petioled; cauline leaves lanceolate, cordate, sessile. Heads homogamous, terminal, cylindric, peduncled; peduncle erect, slender, hairy. Involucral bracts many seriate; outer ovate, ovate-lanceolate or cordate, herbaceous or foliaceous; inner linear-lanceolate, hairy, subequal. Receptacle flat. Ligules usually yellow, 5-toothed. Stamens 5, appendaged; anthers slender, base sagittate, acute or shortly setaceous. Style branches very slender; stigma bifid, branches slender. Achenes subterete, compressed or angled, narrowed at both ends, incurved; ribs transversely rugose; beak short or long. Pappus 1-seriate, copious, of soft feathery hairs.

In Europe, North Africa, N. Asia and W. Asia from subtropical to temperate regions. ca 60 species, 1 in India.




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