Eared-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
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Eared-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Eared-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
Botanical name: Anaphalis contorta    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Anaphalis tenella

Eared-Leaf Pearly Everlasting is small herb, usually woody at base, with erect or prostrate stems, 15-40 cm long, usually branched, branches and stem usually dense white woolly. Leaves are usually numerous, more often crowded at base, narrowly linear or oblong, eared at base, pointed. They are densely woolly on the lower surface, less on the upper side, margins often curled, 1-3 cm long, 1-5 mm broad. Flower-heads are nearly spherical, 3-4.5 mm in diameter, arranged in rounded, densely crowded corymbs. Tiny yellow florets are surrounded by shiny white bracts. Eared-Leaf Pearly Everlasting is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SW China, at altitudes of 1500-4500 m. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.
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