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Anaphalis leptopbylla (DC.) DC., Prodr. 6: 273. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 285. 1881. Helichrysum leptophyllum DC., in Wight Contrib. Bot. Ind. 20. 1834.


Herbs, annual, erect, slender, up to 40 cm high, sparingly branched above; stems cottony woolly. Leaves, narrowly linear, amplexicaul at base, acute at apex, margin strongly recurved, 1 - 4 x 0.1 - 0.2 cm, obscurely, upper surface dark, laxly hairy, lower surface densely white woolly, 1-nerved, sessile. Heads in subumbellate terminal corymbs, 1.5 - 1.8 mm across; peduncle ca 2 mm long, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts white, 3 - 4 -seriate, outer lanceolate, covered with woolly tomenmm, yellowish brown at base; inner somewhat oblanceolate, yellowish towards lower half. Ray florets with flliform corolla, ca 1 mm long, obscurely toothed. Corolla in disc florets ca 1 mm long, 5-toothed. Achenes oblong, ca 0.2 mm long, angular, subcompressed, minutely papillose. Pappus of ray florets white, barbellate, united in a ring on the top of the achenes; those of disc florets barbellate.

Fl. & Fr. June - Oct.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, on slopes and damp marshy places, between 1000 - 2670 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.

Notes. "White Everlasting". The much narrower leaves and larger flower heads distinguish this species from A. law; (Hook. f.) Gamble.




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