Nilgiri Senecio
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Nilgiri Senecio
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Nilgiri Senecio
Botanical name: Senecio neelgherryanus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Nilgiri Senecio is a greenish white, perennial, stout, hairy herb. Stems are 30-50 cm high, round. Leaves are greyish green, oblong to lanceshaped, blunt, toothed, 7-12.5 x 1-1.5 cm, rough on the upper surface, white velvety beneath, 1-nerved, eared. Flower-heads are daisy-like, 1.2 cm in diameter bracteolate, many on long stalks. Involucre is greyish green, bell-shaped, 1 cm long, hairy. Bracts are 30-40, somewhat pointed, with broad, rough nerve. Ray florets are 10-15, linear-oblong, spreading. Disc florets are numerous. Seed-pods are cylindrical, 2.5-3 mm long, strongly ribbed, scabrid. Pappus of white hairs. Nilgiri Senecio is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Santhan P. Photographed in Thadiyandamol, Karnataka.

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