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Epaltes pygmaea DC., Prodr. 5: 461. 1836; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 274. 1881.

Herbs, erect, annual; stems up to 10 cm high, winged; wings entire. Leaves linear-elliptic, obtuse, sparsely dentate 1-2 x 0.3-0.5 cm, membranous; midrib prominent. Heads violet, solitary or few, terminal, 0.3-0.4 cm across, peduncled. Involucrehemispherical; involucral bracts multiseriate, broad, obtuse or acute, dry, rigid. Receptacle naked, flat. Ray florets multiseriate, female, fertile; corolla filiform, 2-3 toothed, much shorter than style. Disc florets bisexual, tubular, usually sterile; corolla 3-5-fid. Achenes black, ellipsoid, obscurely ribbed, 0.4-0.5 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Dec.- April.

Distrib. India: Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


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