Alpine Ground Daisy
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Alpine Ground Daisy
P Native Unknown Photo: Saroj Kumar Kasaju
Common name: Alpine Ground Daisy
Botanical name: Allardia nivea    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Waldheimia nivea

Alpine Ground Daisy is a perennial herb, hairy with dense appressed gray-white hairs. Rhizome is prostrate, woody, much branched. Stems are many, erect, with dense woolly leaves. Leaves are stalkless; leaf blade wedge-shaped, 4-8 x 1.5-2.5 mm, tip 3-lobed. Flower-heads are borne singly at tip, shortly stalked. Involucre is hemispheric, 8-11 mm in diameter; phyllaries in 3 or 4 rows, below woolly, margin narrowly brown scarious, outer and middle ones ovate to oblong, 4-5 mm, inner ones inverted-lanceshaped, about 6 mm. Ray florets are 17-20, red; blade oblong, 7-8 mm, tip 2-finely toothed. Disk florets yellow, 5- or 6-lobed. Achenes about 1.2 mm, hairless, with stalkless glands. Pappus many, bristlelike, pale yellow, about 2.5 mm. Alpine Ground Daisy is found in Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya, at altitudes of 3900-5400 m. Flowering: July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, J.M. Garg Photographed enroute to Khardung La, Ladakh.

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