Common name: Gangotra • Hindi: बनधनिया Bandhaniya • Marathi: गंगोत्रा Gangotra • Nepali: गल फुल्ले Gal phulle
Botanical name: Cyathocline purpurea Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Tanacelum purpureum, Cyathochine lyrata
Gangotra is an erect annual herb, growing to 20-50 cm high. Branched, grooved
stem has soft hair covering it. The whole plant is strongly aromatic.
Laternately arranged stalkless leaves are toothed, covered with soft hair, and
3-12 cm long. Flowers occur in corymbs at the end of branches. Flower heads
are 5-8 cm across, and purple in color. Widespread in Himalaya (Kashmir to
Bhutan), Assam, India, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China, China.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Alibag, Maharashtra.|