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Serratula pallida DC., Prodr 6: 670. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 379. 1881.

Herbs, 0.3 - 1 m high, glabrous or scaberulous. Stems simple, sparingly branched, stout or slender; branches ending in long leafless 1-headed peduncles. Leaves very variable in size, broadly ovate or oblong, acute or obtuse at apex, cut into short lobes at base, entire or toothed or deeply runcinate pinnatifid at margins 11 - 30 x 10 - 15 cm, glabrous or pubescent when young. Heads 2.5 - 3.5 cm across; peduncles often ca 45 cm long. Involucral bracts appressed, glabrous; outer ovate, acute; inner linear-oblong with scarious, obtuse tips. Receptacular bristles longer than achenes. Corolla ca 1.8 cm long. Anther tails short. Achenes obovoid-oblong, ca 5 mm long, obscurely ribbed. Pappus hairs brownish, rigid, ca 8 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. May - June.

Distrib. India: 1500-3100 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.


Notes. Leaves very variable, entire to pinnatifid.

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