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Anaphalis elliptica DC., Prodr. 6: 274. 1838. A. oblollga DC. var. eliiptica (DC.) Hook.f., Pl. Brit. India 3: 283. 1881.

Herbs, erect, white woolly, up to 30 cm high. Leaves 2 - 3 x 0.5 - 1 cm; basal ones aggregated, sub spathulate, oblong-obovate, scattered upwards, somewhat decurrent towards base, obtuse at apex, margins flat or slightly recurved, surfaces densely woolly tomentose, 5 - 7 nerved. Heads in dense, compact, terminal, simple or branched corymbs, ca 3 - 4 mm across; peduncle ca 1 mm, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts 3 - 4 seriate, glistening white, embedded in dense woolly tomentum; outermost pink at apex, pale brown at base, ovate, inner bracts linear. Ray florets female with filliform corolla, ca 1.5 mm long, 4-toothed, pink at mouth. Disc florets bisexual, ca 2 mm long, 5- toothed. Style deeply cleft. Achenes oblong, ca 0.5 mm long, hairy. Pappus hairs minutely bristly.

Fl. & Fr. April - Nov.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, in grasslands, up to 2340 m. Tamil Nadu; rare.

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