Nodding Carpesium
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Nodding Carpesium
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Nodding Carpesium
Botanical name: Carpesium cernuum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Carpesium taquetii, Carpesium glossophylloides

Nodding Carpesium is an annual herb, usually 1-2 ft tall, with fine pale hairs to somewhat cottony. Leaves are elliptic to obovate, lower ones about 10-18 cm long and 3-5.5 cm wide, upper ones usually 4-7 cm long and 1-2.5 cm wide. Leaf-stalks are up to 2 cm long. Flower-heads occur singly, at the ends of main and side branches, usually subtended by 1-several small leaves and looking down. Outer involucral bracts are spreading or reflexed, lanceshaped or elliptic, pointed, entire, velvety. Inner bracts are narrow-oblong, acute, obtuse or rounded, margins often slightly toothed, erect. Florets are yellow. Seed-pods are about 4 mm long.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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