Himalayan Mini Sunflower
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Himalayan Mini Sunflower
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Himalayan Mini Sunflower
Botanical name: Cremanthodium ellisii    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Werneria ellisii, Cremanthodium ellisii var. ramosum

Himalayan Mini Sunflower is a perennial herb growing to 1 foot tall. It bears yellow, sunflower-like flowers, 4-7 cm across, with dark centers. These flowers are solitary, looking down, with dark disk-florets and narrow elliptic ray-florets 2.5 cm long. The flowers are borne on stout stems with oblong stem-clasping leaves. Leaves at the base are oblong blunt, 5-12 cm long, with obscure, widely-spaced teeth. The leaf-stalk is long and winged. Himalayan Mini Sunflower occurs at high altitudes of 3500-4800 m, on screes, open slopes in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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