Royle's Saw-Wort
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Royle's Saw-Wort
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Royle's Saw-Wort
Botanical name: Saussurea roylei    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Aplotaxis roylei

Royle's Saw-Wort is a rather slender plant with a solitary dark-purple flower-head at the top of a 15-40 cm long stem. Leaves are long, narrow, entire, prominently white-woolly beneath. They are quite variable, linear to lanceshaped, long-pointed, sometimes with triangular lobes. They are mostly 8-15 cm long. Flower-head is erect 3.5-4 cm across, with involucral bracts narrow lanceshaped, woolly-haired. The stem also has a few clasping leaves. Royle's Saw-Wort is commonly found in W. Himalayas, at altitudes of 3000-4300 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Chitkul, Kinnaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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