China Aster   
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China Aster
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: China Aster
Botanical name: Callistephus chinensis      Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Callistephus is a genus of flowering plants, in the Sunflower family; the genus includes only one species, C. chinensis, the China Aster. It is native to China, and is an annual plant, growing to 20-80 cm tall with branched stems. The leaves are alternate, 4-8 cm long, ovate, and coarsely toothed. The flowerheads are variable, with either all ray florets or an outer ring of ray florets surrounding central disc florets; the ray florets are white to purple, the disc florets, if present, usually yellow. It is a popular ornamental plant in gardens, and numerous cultivars are available; the cultivars are grouped by size, with very dwarf (up to 20 cm), dwarf (20-40 cm), intermediate (40-60 cm) and tall (60-80 cm) In Japan, the species is very important in the floriculture industry for cut flowers.

Photographed in the Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.
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