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Blumea megacephala (Randeria) Chang et Tseng in Acta Phylo. Sin. 12(3): 310. 1974. B. riparia (Blume) DC. var. megacephala Randeria in Blumea 10: 215. 1960. B. chinensis DC., Prodr. 5: 444. 1836 p.p. (non Conyza chinensis L.); Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 268. 1881.

Scandent shrubs or undershrubs; stems 1-2.5 m tall, branched, woody at base, glabrate or sparsely puberulous in younger parts. Leaves obovate oblong to elliptic-oblong, rounded at base, shortly acuminate, margins denticulate with rigid teeth, 2-12 x 1-5 cm, glabrate on both surfaces, shortly petioled. Heads in terminal or axillary panicles on long peduncle, 1.4-1.8 cm in diam. Involucral bracts almost equalling the florets, 1-10 mm long; outer bracts distinctly oblong ovate, hairy on back; inner ones linear-oblong, scarious, sparsely hairy. Receptacle flat, 2-5 mm in diam., hairy, corolla of bisexual florets yellow, tubular, 5-6 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes hairy; corolla of female florets filiform, 4.5-5.5 mm long, 2-4 -lobed, occasionally pubescent on the lobes. Achenes pale brown, oblong, ribbed, pubescent, Pappus white, 4-6 mm long, copious.

Fl. & Fr. Throughout the year.

Distrib. India: Nagaland.

China and Indochina.

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