Purple-Eye Himalayan Aster
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Purple-Eye Himalayan Aster
P Native Photo: Ramesh Kadyan
Common name: Purple-Eye Himalayan Aster • Nepali: आँखे फूल Aankhe Phool
Botanical name: Aster stracheyi    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Purple-Eye Himalayan Aster is a dwarf pernnial herb, distinguished by creeping stems with short, almost leafless, flowers stems carrying single lilac flower-heads 1.3-4 cm across. It is named for Lt. Richard Strachey, 19th century official with the Indian Civil Service and plant collector in Tibet. Ray-florets are numerous, short slender, often recurved. Bracts below the flowers are narrow-lanceshaped, long-pointed. Leaves are obovate-spoonshaped, toothed, mostly basal, 2-5 cm. Flowering stems are usually 4-10 cm long. Plants often have long leafy runners up to 20 cm long. Fruit is silky-haired, pappus reddish. Purple-Eye Himalayan Aster is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to Bhutan and NE India, at altitudes of 3600-4500 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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