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Blumea procera DC., Prodr. 5: 445. 1836; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India. 3: 268. 1881.

Herbs or undershrubs; stems erect or straggling, branched, terete, 1-3.5 m, tall, sparsely pubescent at base, densely velutinous-villous in younger parts. Leaves oblong-oblanceolate to elliptic-oblong, base tapering, sometimes more or less semiamplexicaul, shortly acuminate, double dentate-serrate, 6-18.5 x 2.5 - 8.0 cm, upper surface scabrous to tomentose, densely velutino-villous on the lower, subsessile. Heads in large, terminal, divaricate panicles, aggregated in compound clusters on woolly branches, 5-7 (-12) mm in diam., more or less sessile. Involucral bracts slightly longer than florets; outer oblong-ovate, acute, 1-7 mm long, coriaceous; inner linear-oblong, with scarious margins, all densely pubescent. Receptacle flat alveolate, 1.5-2.5 mm in diam., pubescent. Corolla of bisexual florets yellow, tubular, 4.5-6 mm long, with 5 triangular, papillate lobes with pubescence of colleters and few to many multicellular hairs; corolla of female florets filiform, 4-5 mm long, 2-4 -lobed with occasional pubescence. Achenes pale brown, pubescent, ribbed. Pappus white, up to 5 mm long, copious.

Fl. & Fr. Jan.- May.

Distrib. India: Tropical evergreen forests, ca 1000-1500 m. Assam, Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Nepal and Indochina.

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