Nepal Saw-wort
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Nepal Saw-wort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Nepal Saw-wort
Botanical name: Saussurea eriostemon    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Saussurea nepalensis, Saussurea chapmanii

Saw-wort is a common name for several species of Saussurea. Nepal Saw-wort is a variable plant with the stemp either absent or 2.5-15 cm. Basal leaves are many and pinnately lobed, and are white-wooly on the underside. The lobes are triangular and backward pointing. Stem leaves are few. The flower-head is dark purple, 2-3.5 cm across, erect and solitary. Bracts are papery, lancelike and purple tinged.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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