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
The flower labeled Indian Elecampane is ...