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Cicerbita macrantha (Hook.f. & Thomson ex C.B. Clarke) Beauv. in Bull. Soc. Bot. Geneve, Ser. 2, 2: 130. 1910. Lactuca macrantha Hook.f. & Thomson ex C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 267. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 409. 1881.


Herbs, perennial, erect; stems 30 - 100 cm high, glabrous below and pubescent above. Leaves oblong or oblanceolate, pinnatifid or runcinate-pinnatifid, 9 - 32 x 2.5 - 7 cm, sessile. Heads campanulate, 2 - 4 x 1.5 - 2.5 cm, drooping; peduncle long, slender. Involucral bracts broad, 4 seriate; outer 2-seriate with outermost 5 - 10 x 3.5 - 5.5 mm; inner also two seriate, subacute, glabrous or sparsely ciliate. Ligules bluish. Achenes oblanceolate, flattened or narrowly elliptic, 10 - 11 mm long, contracted at the base, smooth. Pappus yellowish white or white, 9 - 10 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas on open alpine meadows, between 3000-5000 m. Sikkim and W. Bengal.

Nepal and Bhutan.




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