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Blumea oxyodonta DC. in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 15. 1834; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 266. 1881.

Herbs, small, procumbent; stems 5-40 cm high; branches many arising from base, villous with long, whitish, silky hairs, sometimes woolly at the base. Leaves often crowded at the base, apex spinulose-acute or apiculate, margins serrate-dentate with hard spinulose teeth, villous with long, white, silky hairs and stalked glands on both surfaces; the lower ones obovate to obovate-oblong, 3-7 x 1-3 cm, narrowed to a small petiole; upper elliptic or narrowly obovate, rounded or briefly tapering at base, 0.7-3 x 0.3-1.5 cm. Heads in terminal and axillary compact or lax, few headed corymbose panicles, 6-9 mm in diam., subsessile or pedunculate. Involucral bracts linearI acute, 1-6 mm long with narrow, scarious margins, reflexed at maturity, densely villous on dorsal surface. Receptacle flat or slightly convex, alveolate, glabrous. Florets numerous, multiseriate, the central florets with mostly abortive anthers, the marginal female. Corollas of central florets yellow, tubular, 3-4.5 mm long, 5- lobed; lobes pubescent, corolla of female florets 2.5-4.0 mm long, 2-3-lobed; lobes pubescent. Anthers oblong, not ribbed, pubescent. Pappus white, 3-4 mm long. deciduous.

Fl. & Fr. Oct.- May.

Distrib. India: A weed of moist places, along stream beds, river banks, paddy fields and along road sides up to 1500 m. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, W. Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Philippines.

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