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Lactuca dolichophylla Kitam. in Hara, Fl. E. Himal. 1: 341. 1966. Lactuca longifolia DC., Prodr. 7: 135. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 405. 1881.


Herbs, annual or biennial; stems 30 - 200 cm tall, erect, glabrous or slightly hispid at the base, paniculately branched above. Leaves highly variable, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, base sagittate with 2 stipule like auricles, 5 - 25 x 0.5 - 1.5 cm, sessile. Heads in broad or narrow panicle, 1 - 1.5 x 0.3 - 0.5 cm 10 - 25 flowered; peduncle, erect, slender. Ligules purple, pinkish bluish or whitish. Outer involucral bracts pale green, ovate, 2 - 3 x 1 - 2 mm, glabrous; inner linear-oblong or linear-lanceolate, 8 - 12 x 2 - 2.5 mm, glabrous. Achenes pale brown or dark brown, elliptic or oblanceolate, 5 - 7 mm long including the beak, smooth. Pappus white, 4 - 6 mm, simple, shorter than the achene.

Fl. & Fr. July - Dec.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, in dry open situations among grasses, also on shady slopes. 1300-1500 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan.




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