Hairy Bracted-Fleabane
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Hairy Bracted-Fleabane
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Hairy Bracted-Fleabane
Botanical name: Neobrachyactis pubescens    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Brachyactis pubescens, Brachyactis robusta, Conyza pubescens

Hairy Bracted-Fleabane is an annual herb, 4-20 cm tall. Stems are erect or ascending, branched, densely leafy, densely brownish yellow stipitate glandular. Leaf surfaces are densely glandular, basal withered and fallen at anthesis, shortly stalked, blade obovate or oblong-obovate, 1-4 x 0.5-1.5 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin sparsely roughly toothed, tip blunt or arched, upper stalkless, reduced, margin almost entire or sparsely toothed. Flower-heads are few, in raceme-like clusters, 1.5-2 cm in diameter on thick stalks, 1-1.8 cm. Involucre is hemispheric, phyllaries 2- or 3-seriate, dark brownish, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, slightly shorter than disk florets, abaxially densely brown glandular. outer often longer than inner, 5-7 x 1-1.2 mm. Ray florets are numerous, white, finely tubular, together with style 4-4.5 mm, tip obliquely lobed or finely laminate, upper tube puberulent. Disk florets are uncolored, 4-4.5 mm, lobes short, upper tube and lobe apex puberulent. Seed-pods are oblong, about 2 mm, compressed, strigillose. Pappus is dirty white, 2-seriate, outer bristles short, inner equaling disk corolla. Hairy Bracted-Fleabane is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, at altitudes of 3200-4000 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed below Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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