Many-Stem Hawksbeard
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Many-Stem Hawksbeard
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Many-Stem Hawksbeard
Botanical name: Crepis multicaulis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Many-Stem Hawksbeard is a small perennial herb 8-60 cm tall, with a rosette of leaves. Flowers are born in a corymb of a few to several flower-heads. Flower-heads have 30-40 florets; flower-cluster-stalk slender, often curved-erect, with dense white arachnoid hairs and stiff greenish glandular hairs. Involucre is cylindric, 7-9 x 3-5 mm. Outer phyllaries triangular-ovate to lanceshaped, longest to 3 mm, tip pointed to blunt; inner phyllaries 8-10, tip pointed to blunt. Stems are few to numerous, rarely solitary, rather slender, erect or curved-rising up, branched at tip, usually leafless. Rosette leaves are narrowly elliptic-lanceshaped, ovate-inverted-lanceshaped, elliptic, or spoon-shaped, 3.5-11 x 0.7-2 cm, undivided or pinnately divided, both surfaces short white velvet-hairy, base narrowed into a leaf-stalk-like portion, margin entire or sinuate-toothed.Seedpods are reddish brown, spindle-shaped, straight or somewhat curved, about 4 mm, with 10-12 ribs. Pappus is white, about 4 mm. Many-Stem Hawksbeard is found in N. Europe to Siberia and W. Himalaya, Vietnam, at altitudes of 1600-3600 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

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