Annual Saltmarsh Aster
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Annual Saltmarsh Aster
A Naturalized Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Annual Saltmarsh Aster
Botanical name: Symphyotrichum subulatum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Aster subulatus

Annual Saltmarsh Aster is an annual forb that possesses a single erect stem that can reach up to 1 m in height. The stem, along with its thin green to dark green leaves, are both hairless. Leaves are 1-9 cm long, 0.6-1.4 cm broad. The top of the stem extends into a raceme inflorescence. The heads open up into bright yellow disc florets that are surrounded by ray florets that vary in color from white to lavender. Annual Saltmarsh Aster is native to the American continents, naturalized in Western Himalaya.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Himachal Pradesh.

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