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Dwarf Epaltes   
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Dwarf Epaltes
A Native Herb lanceshaped Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Dwarf Epaltes
Botanical name: Epaltes pygmaea    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Dwarf Epaltes is a rare, erect, annual herb with stems up to 10 cm high, winged; wings entire. Leaves are linear-elliptic, blunt, sparsely toothed 1-2 x 0.3-0.5 cm, membranous; midrib prominent. Flower-heads are violet, solitary or few, at branch-ends, 0.3-0.4 cm across, stalked. Flower-head cup is hemispherical; involucral bracts multiseriate, broad, blunt or pointed, dry, rigid. Receptacle naked, flat. Ray florets are multiseriate, female, fertile; flower thread-like, 2-3 toothed, much shorter than style. Disc florets are bisexual, tubular, usually sterile; flower 3-5-fid. Achenes black, ellipsoid, obscurely ribbed, 0.4-0.5 mm long. Dwarf Epaltes is endemic to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Flowering: December-April.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Radhapuram, Tirunelveli Dist, Tamil Nadu.

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