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Filago hurdwarica (Wallich ex DC.) Wagenitz in Willdenowia 4: 291. t. 3. 1968. Gnaphalium hurdwaricum Wallich ex DC., Prodr. 6: 231. 1838. Filago germanica sensu Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 277. 1881, non L. 1753.

Herbs, erect or procumbent, woolly, branched, up to 2 cm high. Leaves spathulate, apiculate at apex, attenuate at base, entire, 2 - 1.3 x 0.05 - 0.5 cm, upper surface dull green, hairy, lower surface densely white woolly. Heads pale yellow, in dense globose clusters at the bifurcation and apices of branches; subsessile, 1 - 2 mm across; clusters surrounded by leafy bracts; subsessile. Involucral bracts 3 - 4-seriate; outermost brownish green at apex, ovate, lanate at base, scarious. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 3 mm long, obscurely 2- 3-toothed. Disc florets bisexual, ca 3 mm long, 4 - 5 toothed. Achenes, ca 1 mm long; those of disc florets more or less spindle shaped. Pappus hairs white, scabridulus.

Fl. & Fr. Feb. - Aug.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, Gangetic Plains, among rocky boulders on dry slopes, moist sandy soil and along river banks, 500 - 3300 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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