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Anaphalis virgata Thomson ex C.B. Clarke, Compo Ind. 107. 1876; A. stoliczkai C.B. Clarke, Compo Ind. 108. 1876; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 283. 1881.

Herbs, perennial, erect, caespitosely branched, up to 40 cm high; stems slender, pubescent. Leaves narrowly linear-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, narrowed at base, acute at apex, sometimes with a dull brown mucro, margin flat or recurved, 0.5 - 3 x 0.05 - 0.6 cm, upper surface laxly hairy, dull green, undersurface ashy white, woolly, 1-nerved. Heads few, in terminal corymbs, 2 - 4 mm across; peduncle ca 2 - 4 cm long, woolly, buff coloured. Involucral bracts 3 - 4-seriate; outermost obovate-oblog; inner linear, oblong. Ray florets female with filiform corolla, up to 2.5 mm long, obscurely toothed. Style bifid.Disc florets pale yellow, bisexual. Corolla ca 2 mm long, 5-toothed. Achenes dark brown, oblong, ca 0.5 mm long, or more or less rectangular, surfaces pitted. Pappus hairs silky white.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, common on exposed rocky soil and dry slopes, 2700 - 4400 m. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and China.

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