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Anaphalis bournei Fyson in Kew Bull. 1914: 209. 1914.


Herbs or undershrubs, up to 50 cm high, with many slender flowering branches; stems densely yellowish grey pubescent. Leaves dense, congested at base and sparse in flowering branches, linear, acute at apex, subamplexicaul, acute, margins somewhat revolute, 0.5 - 1.3 x 0.05 - 0.2 cm, faintly 1-nerved on lower surface, densely greyish-white woolly on both surfaces, sessile. Heads in compact terminal corymbs, ca 0.5 cm across; peduncle 0.5 - 1 cm long, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts white, 3 - 4 -seriate; outermost lanceolate, enveloped by woolly tomentum; inner lanceolate. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 2 mm long, 5-toothed; style bifid. Corolla of disc florets ca 2.2 mm long, tubular, 5-toothed. Achenes oblong, minutely papillose, of ray florets 0.05 mm long; those of disc florets 0.5 mm long. Pappus white, plumose.

Fl. & Fr. July & Aug. - Dec.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, in sholas, hill slopes and also common along road sides, upto 2500 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Notes. The leaves at the base quite congested and spreading, while those of flowering branches sparse and more or less adnate to stem. This species is allied to Anaphalis brevifolia DC. but differs in having narrower and longer leaves which are more widely spreading on the scapes.




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