Lanceleaf Inula   
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Lanceleaf Inula
ative Photo: Sanjay Nagaonkar
Common name: Lanceleaf Inula
Botanical name: Inula cuspidata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Lanceleaf Inula is a shrub which grows on the slopes of deep. wet valleys in outer Himalayas. Stem leaves are oval-lancelike, the upper ones gradually sharpening. Leaves are 3-5 inches long, with usually sharp tips. Flowers occur in an umbrella-shaped cluster at the top of the stem. Flowers have bright yellow "petals" (ray florets), and a dark orangish disk at the center. It is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 300 m and above.

Identification credit: Gajendra Rawat
Photographed in Mizoram.
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