African Bonebract
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African Bonebract
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: African Bonebract
Botanical name: Sclerocarpus africanus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

African Bonebract is an annual herb 25-50 cm or more tall, white hairy. Flower-heads are solitary, 0.8-1.2 cm in diameter. Involucre is bell-shaped; outer phyllaries ovate, about 1 cm, tip long-pointed, inner ovate-oblong, shorter than outer, densely velvety below. Ray florets are yellow, 1-seriate, broadly elliptic, apex 2-lobed. Disk florets are velvet-hairy. Leaves are oppositely arranged, alternate in upper part, ovate, 3.5-7 x 1.5-2 cm, both surfaces rough, base narrowing into the stalk, margin toothed, tip pointed or blunt. Seed-pods are oblong, pappus coroniform, of distinct or connate scales. African Bonebract is native to Africa, Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh to Nepal, W. Pakistan and some other parts of India.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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