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Anaphalis triplinervis (Sims.) C.B . Clarke, Compo Ind. 105. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 281: 1881. Antennaria triplinervis Sims. in Bot. Mag. 51: t. 2468. 1823.


Herbs, erect, rhizomatous, 3 - 45 cm high; stems often flexuous, sometimes many from stoloniferous rootstock, striate, appressedly ashy white, hairy. Leaves very variable, broadly elliptic or linear-oblong or lanceolate or lowest obovate-spathulate, sometimes basal ones clustered, base clasping oramplexicaul or narrowed down to a flat petiole, acute with dark mucro or a scarious naked awn, entire, 0.4 - 13.5 x 0.1 - 5.5 cm, arachnoid hairy above and densely matted with white-grey tomentum beneath, 1 - 7 nerved. Heads solitary or more in terminal corymbs, 0.3 - 1.5 cm across; peduncles 0.3 -3 cm long, densely woolly. Involucral bracts glistening white, scari ous , many-seriate, ovate or elliptic- lanceolate, acute or obtuse, brownish at base. Ray florets female with filiform corolla, ca 2 - 3 mm long, obscurely or distinctly 4-toothed. Disc florets bisexual ca 2 - 3 mm long, 5-toothed. Style bifid. Achenes oblong, ca 0.3 - 0.8 mm long, tubercled-hairy. Pappus hairs white, bristly.

Notes. Highly variable, polymorphic species with the following varieties.



KEY TO THE VARIETIES


1a. Leaves broadly elliptic or obovate, 3 - 7 nerved 28.3. triplinervis
b. Leaves narrowly lanceolate or obovate-spathulate, 1 - 3 nerved 2
2a. Heads many, 3 - 4 mm across 28.1. intermedia
b. Heads 1 - 5, 0.8 - 1.5 cm across 28.2. monocephala


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