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Blunt-Leaf Inula   
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Blunt-Leaf Inula
P Native Photo: Saroj Kumar Kasaju
Common name: Blunt-Leaf Inula
Botanical name: Inula obtusifolia    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Inula obtusifolia var. obtusifolia , Inula thomsonii

Blunt-Leaf Inula is a perennial herb with a woody rootstock. Stems are many, arising from woody rootstock, 12-30 cm tall, densely papillate-glandular and long hairy. Leaves are stalkless, elliptic-lanceshaped, 3-7 x 2-2.5 cm, hairy and papillate-glandular, margin entire to obscurely toothed, tip pointed-blunt. Flower-heads are usually solitary, at branch-ends, 1.5-3 cm in diameter. Involucre is depressed semispherical; phyllaries 4- or 5-seriate, regularly overlapping, outermost herbaceous-leaflike, lanceshaped-inverted-lanceshaped, 4-6 x 2-3 mm, tip pointed-blunt, inner membranous, tapering. Ray florets are radiate, 1-2 cm. Disk florets are tubular, 6-7 mm. Seed-pods are 2-3 mm, silky-hairy. Pappus setae uniseriate, 20-22, pale reddish, 5-6 mm. Blunt-Leaf Inula is found in rock crevices, on dry cliffs, slopes, stony places, at altitudes of 2000-4500 m in the Himalayas, from E Afghanistan to Kashmir, and in C Asia. It is fairly common in Ladakh. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Saroj Kumar Kasaju Photographed enroute to Khardung La, Ladakh.

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