Dalzell's Vernonia
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Dalzell's Vernonia
P Native Unknown Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Dalzell's Vernonia
Botanical name: Acilepis ornata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Acilepis dalzelliana, Vernonia dalzelliana

Dalzell's Vernonia is a herb or undershrub, up to 1.25 m tall; stems ribbed, glandular velvety above. Leaves are simple, alternate, 14 x 5 cm, elliptic, inverted-lanceshaped, ovate or obovate, pointed or tapering, membranous, sparsely velvet-hairy above and on the nerves beneath, leaf-stalkd. Flowers are borne in corymbs, in leaf-axils and at branch-ends. Flower-heads are about 1.2 cm across, about 15-flowered; flower-cluster-stalk slender, upto 6.8 cm long, with 1 or more subulate bracts. Involucral bracts many-seriate, decurrent on the flower-cluster-stalk, pointed, blunt, apiculate or mucronate, fringed with hairs and darker near the tip; outer about 2.5 mm long; innermost about 6 mm long. Achenes 2 mm long, hairless or hairy, 10-ribbed. Pappus hairs reddish, outer very short. Dalzell's Vernonia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Agumbe, Karnataka.

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