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Anaphalis royleana DC., Prodr. 6: 272. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 280. 1881.

Herbs, perennial, erect or decumbent, up to 50 cm high; root-stock woody; branches simple to caespitose. Leaves linear or linear-oblong, acute at apex, usually with a brownish mucro, usually with entire, recurved margins, 4 - 4 x 0.1 - 0.4 cm, dark and more or less scaberulous above, denst!ly greyish white, woolly beneath, 1-nerved. Heads white, many in terminal corymbs, 5 - 7 mm across; peduncle buff coloured, 2 - 8 mm, woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts many-seriate; outer ovate, white, scarious to brown suffused, pale yellow at base obtuse-acute; inner narrowly elliptic or oblong, greenish tinged. Ray florets pale brown with filiform corolla, ca 2.5 - 3 mm long, obscurely toothed. Disc florets brown on drying, ca 3 mm long, 5-toothed. Achenes oblong, ca 1 mm long, papillose and minutely hairy; those of disc florets oblong, ca 0.5 mm long, minutely papillose. Pappus hairs white, barbed.

Notes. Very variable species with three clearly distinguished varieties as below.


1a. Leaves puberulous or scaberulous above and greyish white tomentosc beneath 23.3. royleana
b. Leaves hairy on both surfaces 2
2a. Caespitosely branched, stems slender; leaves linear 23.1. cana
b. Branches simple, stems thick, leaves broader, oblong 23.2. concolor

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