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Lactuca bracteata Hook.f. & Thomson ex C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 270. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 409. 1881.


Herbs, perennial; stems 30 - 80 cm high, erect, slender, hispid. Leaves ovate or oblong-ovate, acute, rounded, cordate, 6 - 12 x 3 - 5.5 cm, membranous, those at the base of inflorescence lanceolate, acuminate. Heads in open leafy panicles with slender branches or in leafy racemes; 1.5 - 2 x 0.5 - 0.7 cm, drooping; peduncle slender, with small leafy bracts. Outer involucral bracts broadly ovate, 10 - 11 x 2.5 - 3 mm, unequal, subacute, imbricate, reticulate; inner oblong, obtuse, 13 - 14 x 2 - 2.5 mm. Ligules blue. Achenes oblanceolate or narrowly-elliptic, compressed, 3 - 4 mm long, gradually narrowed into a slender white beak. Pappus white, 6 - 7 mm long, persistent.

Fl. & Fr. July - Dec.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas on open shady slopes, 2500-4000 m Sikkim

Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.




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