Botanical name: Synotis kunthiana Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Senecio kunthianus, Cineraria dealbata
Himalayan Senecio is a perennial herb with stem solitary, erect, up to 50 cm tall, hairless, leafless in lower part at flowering time, shortly branching in the inflorescence. Flower-heads are daisy-like, usually 4-25 in branch-end compound corymbs, carried on flower-cluster-stalks 2.5-3.5 cm long. Involucres are bell-shaped, 8-10 mm long, 4-6 mm broad, phyllaries 8-13, linear-lanceshaped. Ray-florets are 6-8; flower-tube 3-4 mm long; rays yellow, 4-5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, 2-3-finely toothed, 3-4-veined; disc-florets 15-24; flower yellow, 7-10 mm long, with 3-4 mm long. Anthers are 3-3.5 mm long. Leaves are stalked, oblong-elliptic, 6-10 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm broad, tapering, coarsely sawtoothed with pointed teeth, narrowed at the base, almost hairless above, densely whitish woolly beneath, pinnately veined, lateral veins 4, rarely 5, rising up; leaf-stalks 1-1.5 cm long. Upper leaves are smaller. Achenes are cylindrical, 2-3 mm long, hairless. Pappus about 7 mm long, white. Himalayan Senecio is found throughout the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3300-4100 m. Flowering: July-September.
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