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ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Bandar • Marathi: बंदर Bandar
Botanical name: Vernonia divergens    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Bandar is a perennial shrub growing to 1-2 m high. It has many ascending branches towards the top. The stem has brown bark. Alternately arranged elliptic, serrated leaves are 5-20 cm long, with prominent nerves. Purple-white flowers occur in dense branched corymbs, 5-10 cm diameter. Purple flower-heads, 5-8 mm across, are clustered at the end of branches. Flowering: December.
Photographed at Chakdeo fort, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,