Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Anaphalis busua (Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don) DC., Prodr. 6: 275. 1838. Gnaphalium busuum Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nep. 173. 1825. Anaphalis araneosa DC. Prodr., 6: 275. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 283. 1881.

Herbs, erect, 30 - 80 cm high, sparingly branched; stems somewhat winged, clothed with white lanate or woolly pubescence. Leaves linear-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, sometimes basal ones oblanceolate, decurrent at base, sometimes auricled, acute at apex, margin often minutely recurved, 1 - 7.5 x 0.2 - 1 cm, 1-nerved, upper surface arachnoid hairy, lower surface densely woolly. Heads in terminal corymhs, 0.2 - 0.3 cm across, woolly; peduncle 0.5 - 2 cm long, tomentose. Involucral bracts 2 - 3-seriate, obovate-spathulate, entire or sometimes notched. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 2 mm long. Disc florets yellow, 1-2 mm long. Achenes 0.5 mm long. Pappus hairs white, barbed.

Fl. & Fr. Almost throughout the year.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, Gnngetic Plains, N.E . region and S. India, fairly common in shady slopes, as an undergrowth of Pine forest amidst grasses and also in Quercus-Rhododendron forest (In W. Himalayan region). Rare in sub montane tract along sandy river bank, 600 - 3340 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal and China.

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