Golden Ragwort
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Golden Ragwort
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Golden Ragwort • Nepali: बाख्रा काने Baakhraa Kaane, मर्चा Marchaa
Botanical name: Synotis cappa    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Senecio cappa, Senecio densiflorus, Senecio aureus

Golden Ragwort is a perennial shrub with large narrowly to broadly elliptic leaves, with their undersides with adpressed white or grey cottony hairs. The inflorescence and the involucral bracts have similar coverings. Flower-heads are small about 6 mm long, in branch-end branched clusters. Ray-florets are 8-10, short; woolly involucral bracts 8-12, linear pointed. Leaves are stalked, 12.5-22 cm, hairless or cottony above, margin often with hooked teeth. Stems are stout, somewhat woody, up to 60 cm, or sometimes up to 2 m. Golden Ragwort is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to SW China, Burma, at altitudes of 2100-3300 m. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Hussain Barbhuiya Photographed in Cherapunjee, Meghalaya.

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