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Cremanthodium pinnatifidum Benth. in Hook., lc. Pl. 17: 1142. 1873; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 332. 1881. Senecio himalayensis Franch. in Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 39: 281. 1892.

Herbs, dwarf, ca 15 cm high; stems simple, erect, black hairy above, glabrous below. Leaves both radical and cauline; radical leaves oblong, pinnatifid, 3 x 1 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, lower surface pale yellow with prominent venation; petiole dark brown, 1.5-2 cm, with sheathing base; cauline leaf only one, bract like, sessile, amplexicaul. Capitula solitary, ca 3 cm in diam. Involucre broadly campanulate, ebracteolate, black pubescent; bracts 3 - 5, elliptic-lanceolate, 10 x 3.5 mm, obtuse, black hairy at the apex, obscurely nerved on the dorsal surface, margins narrow, scarious. Ray florets oblong 10 - 20 mm long; tube obscure; ray 3-5-veined, deeply 3-dentate at the tip. Disc florets tubular; ca 7.5 mm long; tube very short. Anthers ca 3 mm long. Achenes dark brown, broadly oblong-elliptic, ca 2 mm long, glabrous, faintly ribbed. Pappus white, ca 3 mm long. Achenes of disc florets elliptic-oblong, ca 1.5 mm long. Pappus of white, simple hairs, 4.5 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Aug.-Sept.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, between 4000 - 5000 m. Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan and S.E. Tibet.

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