Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous with white latex; stems usually dichotomously branched from the base, woody, glabrous; branches slender. Leaves filiform; radical usually pinnatifid, glabrous or sparsely hairy, sessile. Inflorescence terminal or subcorymbose. Heads narrowly cylindric; peduncle often long. Involucral bracts in two or three rows; outer usually very small, ovate or obovate, usually with darker centre; inner much longer than outer, linear or linear-lanceolate, sometimes with stout spinules on the midrib. Achenes oblong or oblong-lanceolate, many ribbed,usually many toothed below the long, slender beak. Pappus silvery white.


1a. Cauline leaves filiform; inner involucral bracts with white, fine, membranous margins with no spinules on the midrib 1. Chondrilla graminea
b. Cauline leaves linear; inner involucral bracts slightly membranous with stout spinules on the midrib 2. Chondrilla setulosa

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