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Blumea virens DC. in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 14. 1834; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 264. 1881. B. virens var. minor Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 264. 1881.

Herbs, erect with fibrous root stocks; stems simple or branched, 0.1-1.8 cm tall, glabrous, grooved. Leaves glabrate, membranous the lower ones oblanceolate, lyrately-lobed, oblanceolate, petioled, the upper ones obovate to oblanceolate, irregularly sinuate toothed, 3-22 x 0.5-1.0 cm. Heads usually in large spreading, lax, terminal leafy panicles, 5-7 mm in diam.; peduncle up to 30 mm long, bracteate, glabrous. Involucral bracts linear, mucronate 1-7 mm herbaceous, reflexed at maturity, sparsely piloe on dorsal surface, ciliate, the inner bracts with scarious margins. Receptacle convex, alveolate, glabrous. Corolla of bisexual florets yellow, tubular, 4.5-5 mm long. 5-lobed; lobes pubescent, glandular; corolla of female florets filiform, 4-4.5 mm, 2-3 -lobed, glabrous. Acenes oblong-columnar, 8-10-ribbed, sparsely hairy. Pappus white, upto 4 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - June.

Distrib. India: W. Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar islands.

Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan, China and Philippines.

Notes. Hooker (1881) mentioned a variety, viz. var. minor, being very small with simple stem, long petioles and elliptic ovate or lanceolate leaves which are relatively more membranous. In the present treatment this variety is merged in the species proper.

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