East-Himalayan Inula
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East-Himalayan Inula
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: East-Himalayan Inula
Botanical name: Duhaldea simonsii    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Inula simonsii, Helenium simonsii

East-Himalayan Inula is a perennial herb, 2-3 ft tall, with stems hairy with yellow glandular hairs. Leaves are oblong, pointed, base rounded, margins finely toothed, 5-10 x 2-4 cm, hairy on both surfaces, rigid, leaf-stalk 3 mm to almost stalkless. Flower-heads are 2-3 cm in across, long stalked. Involucral bracts linear to lanceshaped, the outer shorter and inner larger, hairy. Ray florets are yellow, strap-shaped, ligules long. Cypselae narrowly oblong, silky. Pappus white, a little shorter than disc flowers, bristles whitish with brown tips. East-Himalayan Inula is found in East Himalaya, Bhutan, NE India.

Identification credit: Shweta Shekhar, J.M. Garg, Tabish Photographed at Shirui hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.

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