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Anaphalis subdecurrens (DC.) Gamble. Fl. Pres. Madras 2: 489. 1957. (Rep. ed.). Gnaphalium subdecurrens DC. in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 21. 1834. Anaphalis oblonga (Blume) DC., Prodr. 6: 274. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 283. 1881. p.p.

Herbs, erect, up to 35 cm high; branches slender, many from the base, clothed with white cottony wool. Leaves linear-oblong, spathulate, obovate, margins flat, base subamplexicaul and slightly decurrent, acute-obtuse at apex, sometimes shortly mucronate, 0.5 - 2 x 0.1 - 0.7 cm, upper surface laxly hairy, lower surface densely white tomentose 1-nerved. sessie. Heads in dense, terminal, sometimes branched corymbs, ca 2.2. mm across; peduncle ca 0.5 mm long, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts white. 3 - 4-seriate, outermost covered with dense white woolly tomentum. Ray florets with filiform corolla ca 1.8 mm long, toothed. Disc florets bisexual, with corolla ca 2 mm long, 5- toothed. Achenes minute, ca 0.7 mm, thinly pubescent. Pappus hairs white.

Fl. & Fr. July - March.

Distrib. India: C. and 5. India. 1000 - 2400 m. Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Sri Lanka.

Notes. Leaves highly variable; those at base are oblong-obovate and clustered, and terminal ones are linear-oblong, spathulate and sparse.

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