Oblique Blumea
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Oblique Blumea
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Common name: Oblique Blumea
Botanical name: Blumea obliqua    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blumea amplectens, Conyza obliqua, Erigeron obliquus

Oblique Blumea is an erect, dichotomously branched herb with stems branched, yellowish, 5-50 cm high, finely velvet-hairy. Flower-heads are borne singly at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, 6-10 mm in diameter, long stalked. Involucral bracts linear-lanceshaped, 1-8 mm long, hairy on dorsal surface, reflexed at maturity; outer ones apiculate; inner tapering, often tinged with purple, margins scarious. Receptacle slightly convex, areolate, hairless. Flower of bisexual florets yellow, tubular, 4-5 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes pointed, papillate, velvet-hairy; flower of female florets thread-like, 3-4 mm long, 2-3 lobed, hairless. Leaves are elliptic oblong to lanceshaped, apiculate, margins sawtoothed toothed, base half stem-clasping to blunt, 0.5-5 x 0.2-2 cm, rough to soft and velvety on both surfaces. Achenes are dark brown, oblong, not ribbed, velvet-hairy. Pappus yellowish white, 3-4 mm long. Oblique Blumea is native to the Indian Subcontinent to Indo-China, Java.

Identification credit: A. Lalithamba Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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