Large Himalayan Gerbera
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Large Himalayan Gerbera
P Native Photo: Niku Das
Common name: Large Himalayan Gerbera
Botanical name: Oreoseris maxima    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Gerbera maxima, Chaptalia maxima, Gerbera nepalensis

Large Himalayan Gerbera is a perennial herb with leaves in basal rosette. Leaf-stalks are 19-30 cm, woolly. Leaves are large, ovate-lanceshaped, 11-20 x 5-9 cm, sometimes with few small lobes at base, papery, below densely white woolly, above hairless, base heart-shaped to arrow shaped, margin irregularly finely toothed, tip tapering. Flowering stems are 1 or 2, about 43 cm or longer, woolly. Flower-heads are solitary at the top, radiate, 2.5-3 cm in diameter. Involucre is broadly bell-shaped; phyllaries about 4-seriate, outer phyllaries linear-subulate, about 1 cm, inner phyllaries linear, about 2 cm. Marginal female florets are two-lipped, tubular, flower about 8 mm, inner lips oblong, about 4 mm. Central bisexual florets are many, two-lipped, tubular, flower about 8 mm. Achenes (immature) are about 8 mm, nearly hairless, ribbed; pappus whitish tawny, about 1 cm. Large Himalayan Gerbera is found in forest margins, at altitudes of about 2300 m, Pakistan to Himalaya, Yunnan and N. Thailand. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Niku Das Photographed in Eaglenest Wildlife sanctuary, West Kameng distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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