Floppy Himalayan Aster
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Floppy Himalayan Aster
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Floppy Himalayan Aster
Botanical name: Cordiofontis flexuosa    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Aster flexuosus, Aster thomsonii, Kalimeris flexuosa

Floppy Himalayan Aster is a wildflower found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2100-3000 m. Flower-heads are purplish with a yellow center, usually arising singly at ends of branches. They are 3.5-5 cm across, with many light purple ray florets 1.3-2 cm long. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped lonng-pointed, hairy, leaf-like. Leaves are ovate to elliptic, pointed or long-pointed, coarsely toothed, narrowed below and half stem-clasping, 5-10 cm long. Stems are shaggy-haired, erect, branched, 1-3 ft tall. Fruit is hairy, much longer than the reddish pappus. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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