Broad Leaved Cudweed
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Broad Leaved Cudweed
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Broad Leaved Cudweed
Botanical name: Filago pyramidata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Filago spathulata, Gnaphalium pyramidatum

Broad Leaved Cudweed is an annual herb, 5-30 cm tall, with erect primary stem of variable length and divergent branches, usually overtopping the main stem. Leaves are oblong-spoonshaped. Flower-heads are about 8-16, borne in dense, nearly round glomerules, 0.9-1.2 cm in diameter. Involucre is 6 mm long, in the upper half pyramidate and distinctly 5-angled. phyllaries are 5-seriate, lanceshaped, outer and median carinate, lanate on back, ending in a divergent yellowish arista 1-1.5 mm long. Outer threadlike, female florets without pappus in the axils of the phyllaries, in the centre 5-6 bisexual florets and a varying number of female ones. Cypselas 0.7-1 mm, smooth or thinly papillose, olive brown; pappus in the central florets c. 3 mm long, setae 12-16. Flowering:February-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Baramula, Kashmir.
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