Field Cudweed
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Field Cudweed
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Field Cudweed
Botanical name: Filago arvensis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Gnaphalium arvense, Oglifa arvensis

Field Cudweed is a grey-velvety annual herb, 10-35 cm tall, erect, usually branched from near the middle with ascending branches. Leaves are lanceshaped, long-pointed. Glomerules, consists of 2-10 flower-heads, are stalkless or shortly stalked, in a raceme or panicle-like inflorescence. Involucre is 4-5 mm long, oblong-ovate; phyllaries in about three series, about 15 in number, the outer mi┬Čnute, linear, flat, the middle lanceolate, plicate, including the outer threadlike female florets, lanate on the back, the inner similar, but glabrous. At fruiting-time phyllaries are reflexed. In the centre usually 4 tubular bisexual florets and numerous filiform female florets. Cypselas is dimorphous, the outer slightly curved without pappus, the inner straight with pappus 2.5-3 mm long. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Pampore, Kashmir.
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