One-Flowered Fleabane   
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One-Flowered Fleabane
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: One-Flowered Fleabane
Botanical name: Erigeron uniflorus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Erigeron alpinus var. uniflorus

One-flowered Fleabane is an alpine perennial herb with whitish daisy-like flowers. The plants can reach up to a height of between 2 and 6 cm (maximum 20 cm). The whole plant is covered with woolly hairs. Part of the stem is underground, the underground part consists of a short rhizome. Over-ground part of the stem is erect, simple and very hairy. There is a basal rosette (mostly irregular) consists of leaves entire, dark green spoon-shaped, and some stem leaves are similar to basal but smaller and stalkless. Size of the basal leaves is width 4-7 mm, length 2-4 cm. Flower-heads are solitary, 2-2.5 cm wide, the rays white tinted purple-blue and darkening with age, sometimes entirely white or lilac. Flower-heads are surrounded by involucral bracts. Disc florets are yellowish, tubular, small. One-flowered Fleabane is wide-spread in Europe and Asia, and is also found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 2000-4200 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Baralacha, Himachal Pradesh.
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