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Cremanthodium bhutanicum Ludlow in Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Bot. 5(5): 278. 1976.


Herbs, perennial; stems erect, 8 - 25 cm high, striate, arachnoid tomentose above and glabrous with many long fibrous remains of petioles of old leaves at the base. Radical leaves linear to oblanceolate-linear, rotundate, cuneate, obtuse, entire with reflexed margins, 6 - 10, 2 - 10 x 0.2 - 0.9 cm, glabrous, pale green above glaucous beneath; petiole 1 - 5 cm long, slightly winged; cauline leaves 4 - 9, lower linear, 2 - 3 cm long, base amplexicaul; upper 1 - 1.5 cm long. Capitula radiate, solitary, nodding, 2.5 - 3.5 cm in diam., bracteolate; bracteoles many, subulate. Involucre 8 - 12 mm long; bracts narrowly lanceolate or lanceolate, acute, 8 - 12 x 1.5 - 3 mm, margins pale; upper surface green, glabrous, lower surface distinctly veined. Ray florets 12 - 13, female, 10 - 22 mm long; rays 10 - 20 X 2.5 - 5 mm, obtuse, rarely subacute, 4 - 7-nerved, tridentate; tube 1.5 - 2 long. Disc florets ca 30 - 40, hermaphrodite; corolla limb 6 - 6.5 long, 5-lobed; lobes 0.75 - 1 mm long, acute; tube cylindrical. Anthers 2.5 - 3 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Stigma lobes papillose. Achenes broadly to narrowly oblong, 2 - 2.5 x 0.5 - 0.75 mm, glabrous. pappus hairs white, longer than the corolla.

Fl. & Fr. Aug.- Sept.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, at 4570 m. Arunachal Pradesh (Ze la).

Bhutan.




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