Rose-Head Cremanthodium
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Rose-Head Cremanthodium
P Native Photo: Amit Kotia
Common name: Rose-Head Cremanthodium
Botanical name: Cremanthodium rhodocephalum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Cremanthodium sherriffii

Rose-Head Cremanthodium is a perennial hern with stem solitary, erect, 8-33 cm tall, densely purplish red hairy. Flower-heads are like solitary pink bells hanging looking down. Ray florets are purplish red; blade inverted-lanceshaped, 1.5-2 cm x 5-8 mm, tip rounded or flat, 2- or 3-lobed; tube about 5 mm; styles purplish red, up to 3 cm. Tubular florets numerous, purplish red, 1-1.2 cm; tube about 1.5 mm; limb cylindric; styles purplish red, 2-2.5 cm. Involucre is hemispheric, 1-1.5 x 1.5-3 cm, outside long purplish red hairy; phyllaries 10-16, in 2 rows, oblong-lanceshaped, 3-5 mm wide, tip pointed or tapering; inner phyllaries broadly white membranous at margin. Stem leaves crowded in middle to proximal part of stem, stalked; leaf-stalk 2-12 cm, hairy, semi-stem-clasping; leaf blade below purplish red, above green, kidney-shaped, 0.7-4 x 1-6 cm, below sparsely white hairy, above hairless, palmately veined, with prominent veins on both surfaces, margin regularly rounded toothed, tips of teeth with a short sharp point. Middle to distal stem leaves shortly stalked, without sheath; leaf blade round-kidney-shaped to linear, margin toothed or entire. Rose-Head Cremanthodium is found in SE. Tibet to China (SW. Sichuan, NW. Yunnan) and N. Myanmar, and probably Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3000-5000 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Vikas Kumar Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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