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Helichrysum perlanigerum Gamble in Kew Bull. 1920: 341. 1920.

Herbs to undershrubs, 1 - 1.5 m tall densely cinriamomeus woolly. Leaves 4 - 7 x 1 - 2.5 cm; basal in rosette; upper alternate, ovate, lanceolate, base broadly stem clasping, acute at apex, margins very slightly recurved, surfaces densely brownish yellow, woolly, 5-nerved, sessile. Heads, forming dense terminal corymbs, ca 3 mm across; peduncle ca 1 mm long, densely woolly tomentose. Involucral bracts pale yellow; up to 4-seriate; outermost oblong with expanded, ovate tip; inner narrowly oblong. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 2.3 mm long, 4-lobed. Disc florets ca 2.4 mm long, 5-toothed. Achenes ovoid, ca 0.8 mm long, scaly. Pappus hairs white, minutely bristly.

Fl. Feb. & Fr. Perhaps post winter.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, reported to occur in high altitude grasslands, especially near streams, between 1900-2025 m. Tamil Nadu (Konalar- Thanakkamalai); rare.


Notes. A rare, endemic species recommended for conservation.

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