Graceful Buttonhead
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Graceful Buttonhead
A Native Unknown Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Graceful Buttonhead • Mizo: Vawk-eka-tumtual
Botanical name: Dichrocephala integrifolia subsp. gracilis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Dichrocephala gracilis DC.

Graceful Buttonhead is an annual herb, 15-60 cm tall, stem erect or spreading, usually divaricately branched. Leaves are pinnately divided, lateral lobes 2-3 pair. leaf-stalks 0.6-1.5 cm long. Flower-heads are few, spherical, 3-6 mm across, on slender diverging flower-cluster-stalks. Involucral bracts are minute, linear, with scarious margins. Ray florets are pink or purplish or white. Flowers of disc florets are yellow, 4-toothed. Seedpods are about 1 mm long, smooth or minutely finely velvet-hairy. Pappus of female flowers absent; of bisexual flowers 2-or 3-bristled. Graceful Buttonhead is found in the Himalayas up to 2600 m, from Uttarakhand to Nepal and Sikkim, and also Madagascar.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Sourinee, Mirik, Darjeeling distt.

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