Indian Vernonia
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Indian Vernonia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Vernonia • Kannada: ಅರಪುಕನ್ನೆ Arapukanne, ಅರಪು Arapu
Botanical name: Acilepis dendigulensis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Vernonia indica, Decaneurum dendigulense

Indian Vernonia is a large herb. 60-80 cm tall with white velvety branchlets. Alternately arranged, short-stalked leaves are elliptic, 2.5-9 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, with pointed tip and toothed margins. Leaves are green above and white-woolly beneath. Flower-heads are pink, borne in panicles. Bracts below the flowers are ovate. Florets are bisexula, tubular, purple, with 5 stamens. Fruit is an achene, 10-ribbed. Indian Vernonia is found on the hilly slopes of Peninsular India. Flowering: December.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Harishchandragad, Maharashtra.

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