Narrow-Leaf Epaltes
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Narrow-Leaf Epaltes
A Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Epaltes
Botanical name: Epaltes divaricata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Epaltes hirsuta, Epaltes linearifolia, Erigerodes divaricatum

Narrow-Leaf Epaltes is an erect annual herb with branchlets winged. Leaves are simple, alternate, lanceshaped to oblong, 3-7 by 0.7-1 cm, base wedge-shaped, decurrent, margin faintly toothed, tip pointed, leathery. Flower-heads are pink to purple, heterogamous, disc-like, 1-3 in clusters at branch-ends. Bracts are many seriate, scarious; florets are pink to purple, outer florets female, inner bisexual; pappus 0; florets tubular; stamens 5, included . Ovary is linearly oblong. Seed-pod is is oblong. Narrow-Leaf Epaltes is found in South India, China, Myanmar, Indonesia and Java. Flowering: December-February.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Radhapuram, Tirunelveli Dist, Tamil Nadu.

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