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Flaxleaf Fleabane   
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Flaxleaf Fleabane
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Flaxleaf Fleabane, Hairy Fleabane, Ragweed, Rough conyza, Tall fleabane • Mizo: Buar-zen
Botanical name: Conyza bonariensis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Flaxleaf Fleabane is an annual herb 20-120 cm tall, gray-hairy. Stems are one to several from base, bristly and long-soft-hairy, leafy. Leaves are 1-9 cm long, alternately arranged, linear to lanceshaped or inverted- lanceshaped, entire to shallowly lobed, tip blunt to pointed. Flower-heads are borne many in raceme- or panicle-like clusters. Lateral clusters are often overtopping central. Stalks carrying the clusters are generally 1-4 cm long. Fresh involucres are 5-7 mm in diameter, phyllaries 2-6 mm, often purple-tipped, densely soft-hairy, whitish or dull brown inside when dry and reflexed. Pistillate flowers are very many, 3-4 mm, white, pink, or cream, narrowly cylindric. Disk flowers are 10-20, 3.5-4 mm, greenish yellow, petals short-triangular. Fruit is an achene, 1.5 mm, elliptic, compressed, bristly, pappus 3-4 mm. Flaxleaf Fleabane is generally found in distrubed and urban sites. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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