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Pluchea wallichiana DC., Prodr. 5: 451. 1836; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 272. 1881.

Shrubs, tall, erect, glutinous, much branched; stems 1-2 m tall, branches terete, striate, glandular pubescent, young ones densely pubescent. Leaves alternate, broadly elliptic or ovate-oblong, half amplexicaul, obtuse or subacute, often apiculate, margins obscurely dentate or almost entire, 3-6 x 1.5-3 cm, somewhat coriaceous, pubescent, veins prominent on both surfaces. Heads in terminal, compound corymb, 6 x 3-4 mm (spreading up to 1 cm on drying). Involucral bracts multiseriate, greenish ciliolate, persistent; outer bracts much shorter than inner; ovate-lanceolate, acute, glandular hairy; inner narrower, acute with peniculate tip. Florets white with pinkish tips, all tubular; bisexual florets few, ca 6 mm long with long tailoo purplish anthers; female florets numerous. Achenes brown, ca 1 mm long, angled; usually with few fine bristles along angles. Pappus dirty white, uniseriate, antrorsely barbellate.

Fl. & Fr. Nov.- March.

Distrib. India: Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.


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