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Anaphalis wightiana (DC.) DC., Prodr. 6: 273. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 286. 1881. Gnaphalium wightianum DC. in Wight Contrib. Bot. Ind. 21. 1834.

Herbs, perennial, erect, sparsely branched, up to 60 cm high; rootstock woody; stems grooved, younger parts cottony woolly. Leaves linear- oblanceolate, subamplexicaul, obtuse-acute at apex, margins recurved, 1 - 4 .5 x 0.5 - 0.8 cm, upper surface pilosely scabrous, lower surface densely grey-white woolly, 1-nerved, sessile. Heads in dense corymbose clusters, ca 4 mm across; peduncle small, ca 1 mm long, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts 3 - 4- seriate; outer white, ovate with a short brown suffused limb, enveloped by woolly tomentum; inner linear-oblong, brown suffused at lower end. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 2 mm long, minutely 4-toothed. Corolla in disc florets 2 mm long, 5-toothed. Achenes ca 0.5 mm long, terete or papillose. Pappus hairs white, minutely barbed.

Fl. & Fr. Sept. - June.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, damp and cool places along streams and m grasslands, 750 - 2340 m. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.


Notes. Leaves on lower portion of stem are oblanceolate while those of terminal portion are linear, appressed and laxly arranged.

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