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Helichryswn wightii C.B. Clarke ex Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 291. 1881.

Herbs, up to 30 cm high, usually branched; stems stout, covered with somewhat rusty brown-white, appressed, dense woolly pubescens. Leaves of flowerless branches clustered, linear-lanceolate, 3 - 6 x 0.3 - 0.7 cm; those of the flowering branches alternate, linear, base subamplexicaul, acute and slightly recurved at apex, margins recurved, 1.4 - 4 x 0.2 - 0.6 cm; thick, densely appressed cinnamomeus woolly on both surfaces; nerves 3 - 5, prominent, closely set, parallel nlised on lower surface; sessile. Heads in subglobose, corymbose clusters, ca 2 mm across; peduncle ca 2 mm long, densely clothed with ferrungineous woolly growth. Involucral bracts scarious, 3 - 4-seriate; of the outermost whorl elliptic, suffused with charred brown, specially towards the lower end, covered with dense woolly pubescens. Ray florets with filiform corolla, ca 1.8 mm long, minutely toothed. Disc florets with corolla ca 2 mm long, 4 - 5 toothed. Achenes ca 0.3 mm long, terete, subcompressed, papillose. Pappus hairs white, minutely bristly.

Fl. Nov. & Fr. Post winter.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats, 2500 m. Tamil Nadu. (Between Banga Taffar and Sispara).


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