Grand Blumea
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Grand Blumea
P Native Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Grand Blumea
Botanical name: Blumea densiflora    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blumea grandis, Blumea excisa, Conyza densiflora

Grand Blumea is a herb or undershrub, with stems up to 1.8 m tall branched, densely woolly, particularly in younger parts and on inflorescence. Leaves are elliptic-oblong to lanceshaped-oblong, apiculate, entire or pinnately lobed, coarsely toothed, 7-40 x 2-10 cm, woolly on the upper surface, densely downy on the lower, base narrowed into a long winged sometimes appendaged leaf-stalk. Flower-heads are yellow, in large branch-end, compact, leafy panicles, clustered at the ends of branches. Flower-heads are 5-7.5 mm in diameter, stalkless or with a very small flower-cluster-stalk, only up to 5 mm. Involucral bracts are longer than florets, linear, tapering, 1-7 mm long, scarious, velvet-hairy on dorsal surface. Flowers of bisexual florets are yellow, tubular, 3.5-4.5 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes broadly triangular, papillate, velvet-hairy with colietters and multicellular hairs. Flower of female florets are thread-like, 3.5-4.5 mm long, 3 to 4-lobed, hairless. Achenes are broadly oblong, ribbed, velvet-hairy. Pappus is reddish, up to 4 mm long, copious. Grand Blumea is found in the Himalayas, NE-India, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, New Caledonia, peninsular Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam. Flowering: November-April.
Medicinal uses: This plant has been used for rheumatism and analgesia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in East Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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