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Indian Elecampane   
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Indian Elecampane
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Indian Elecampane • Hindi: pohakarmul, पुष्कर मूल puskarmul • Ladakhi: མནུ་ Manu • Kannada: rasnabheda • Malayalam: puskaramulam, puskkaramulam • Marathi: pushakar • Sanskrit: Kasmira, kusthabheda, padmapatra, पौष्कर Pauskara • Tamil: puskkaramulam • Telugu: puskaramul
Botanical name: Inula racemosa    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Indian Elecampane is a tall stout herb up to 1.75 m tall, with large short-stalked flower-heads, 4-8 cm across, borne in a spike-like cluster, at branch ends. Ray florets are slender, up to 2.5 cm long. Lower leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, 18-45 cm long, narrowed to a winged stalk. Upper leaves are lanceshaped, half stem-clasping. Indian Elecampane is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2000-3200 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Ladakh & Kashmir.
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