Himalayan Klasea
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Himalayan Klasea
P Native Unknown Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Himalayan Klasea
Botanical name: Klasea pallida    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Serratula pallida, Tricholepis raghavendrae

Himalayan Klasea is an erect perennial herb, with pinnately lobed basal leaves, and with an almost leafless stem bearing a large solitary pinkish-purple flower-head, with many overlapping involucral bracts. Flower-head is 2.5-4 cm across; florets with deeply lobed flower, the lobes linear; outer involucral bracts much shorter than the inner. Leaves are 8-30 cm, stalked, variable, broadly ovate to oblong, entire and toothed or deeply pinnately-lobed. Both forms often occur on the same plant. Stem is usually 30-50 cm. Fruit is flattened, smooth; pappus with several rows of minutely barbed, rigid hairs. Himalayan Klasea is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W. Himalaya and Nepal, at altitudes of 1400-3000 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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