Narrow-Leaved Saw-wort
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Narrow-Leaved Saw-wort
ative Photo: Amit Kotia
Common name: Narrow-Leaved Saw-wort
Botanical name: Saussurea bracteata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Saussurea nana, Theodorea bracteata

Narrow-Leaved Saw-wort is a high altitude Himalayan plant, distinguished by its often pinkish pale papery boat-shaped bracts, which surround the dense flower-heads. Flower-heads are 1.5-2.5 cm long, borne on short, dense woolly stalks. Bracts just below the flowers are densely woolly- haired, narrow-lanceshaped with narrow tips. Boat-shaped bracts are 2.5-4 cm long. Leaves at the base are narrow-oblong, pointed, obscurely toothed, with a very thick mid-vein narrowed to a broad leaf-stalk. Upper leaves are half stem-clasping. Stem is 15-40 cm tall, often colored. Rootstock is very stout, covered with old leaf-bases. Narrow-Leaved Saw-wort is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 3600-5600 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Amit Kotia Photographed in Ladakh.

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