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Carpesium abrotanoides Sp. Pl. 860. 1753; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 301. 1881.

Herbs, perennial, sparsely pubescent or glabrate; branches leafy at tips. Leaves ovate-elliptic or lanceolate, attenuate at base; the lower ones acute or acummate, margins obscurely dentate, 10 - 15 x 2.5 - 5 cm, pubescent on both surfaces; the upper leaves on flowering shoots smaller, 4 - 8 x 0.5 - 2 cm. Heads yellow, numerous, ca 6 mm across, sessile or on short peduncles forming leafy racemes, inserted along the whole length of the branches, horizontal. Involucre ca 5 mm.; involucral bracts 3 - 4 seriate; outer ovate, 2 - 3 mm long, pubescent at margins, herbaceous at tip; the inner ones oblong, obtuse, 5 mm long. Receptacle glabrous, pitted. Florets tubular, 1.5 - 2 mm, 5-toothed. Achenes elongate, finely ribbed, 3 mm long, tapering into a short beak surmounted by a minute whitish corona, glandular at base and on beak.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - Nov.

Distrib. India: Ascending up to 3000 m in the Himalayas. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, China, Japan, Austria, Turkey, Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Georgia and Azerbaizan.

Notes. The plant possesses medicinal properties. Roots, leaves and seeds are considered laxative, anthelmintic, diuretic.

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