Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

JSP Page

Herbs or shrubs, glabrous. Leaves alternate, entire or toothed. Heads heterogamous, discoid, solitary or in crowded globose clusters, small, compressed, bracteate at the base. Involucre of 1 - 2 bracts, shorter than the paleae of the receptacle. Receptacle minute or cylindric, with broad, rigid palea enclosing the florets. Outer florets female, fertile, few, slender; corolla of female florets 3 - 4 lobed. Disc florets 2 - 8, bisexual, fertile or sterile, tubular; those of bisexual florets enlarged above; limb campanulate, 5-lobed. Anther base sagittate; auricles subcaudate. Style arms of female florets linear; those of bisexual florets stout, obtuse. Achenes of fertile florets black, compressed, margins ciliate; outer ones with a ciliate rib. Pappus absent in sterile florets and of unequal paleae or bristles in fertile florets.

Tropical Africa and Asia; 15 species, 2 in India.


1a. Leaves ovate, membranous, long petioled; heads in corymbs 1. Blepharispermum petiolare
b. Leaves obovate, elliptic, coriaceous, shortly petioled or subsessile; heads solitary 2. Blepharispermum subsessile

JSP Page
  • Search