Clustered Blumea
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Clustered Blumea
ative Photo: Dimple Bhati
Common name: Clustered Blumea
Botanical name: Blumea fistulosa    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blumea glomerata, Blumea purpurea, Blumea nodiflora

Clustered Blumea is an annual herb, softly hairy and sometimes bristly, ash-colored. Stems are erect and branched. Branches are leafy, arranged in a panicle, and bearing at the tip, stalkless, clustered interruptedly- spiked heads of flowers. Leaves are lanceshaped, toothed, pointed at both ends. Scales are in many-series. Outer ones are smallest, inner ones linear, longer than flowers. Male flowers are 30, bifid, anthers yellow, protruding. Female flowers slightly more in number than the male ones. Stigmas are bifid, purple. Clustered Blumea is found in the Indian Subcontinent to S. China and Philippines. It is also found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to NE India, at altitudes of 300-1900 m. Flowering: October-April.

Identification credit: Dimple Bhati Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh.

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