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Anaphalis marcescens (Wight) C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 110. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 286. 1881. Gnaphalium marcescens Wight. Ic. t. 1115. 1856.

Herbs, slender, branched and woody, up to 45 cm high; stems and undersurface ofleaves clothed with white cottony pubescence. Leaves spreading or reflexed, linear, slightly dilated at base acute at apex, margins recurved, 0.8 - 3 x 0.1 - 0.4 cm, upper surface glabrous, lower surface fulvous cottony tomentose, sessile, .1-nerved, adnate to stem. Heads in dense, rounded, terminal, subcorymbose clusters, ca 4 mm across; peduncle ea 3 mm long, densely clothed with rusty brown wool. Involucral bracts white, 3 - 4 -seriate, marcescent; outermost obovate-oblong, brownish at base, covered with rusty brown tomentum; inner lanceolate-oblong, brownish at basal end. Ray florets female with filiform corolla, ca 2 mm long, 4-toothed; lobes glandular. Achenes ca 0.5 mm long, hairy. Pappus hairs white, minutely bristly.

Fl. & Fr. July - Jan.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, on the banks of streams or wet rocks, 2340 - 2670 m. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Sri Lanka.

Notes. The involucral bracts are glistening white at the centre and white at apex.

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