Russian Wormwood
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Russian Wormwood
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Russian Wormwood • Hindi: Buer, Drubsha, Seski
Botanical name: Artemisia vestita    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Russian Wormwood is an erect shrubby perennial up to 2 m tall with grooved stems. Leaves are twice pinnately cut, fern-like, upper surface softly hairy, lower white hairy. Flower-heads hang nodding in long compound hairy, 6-10 flowered racemes. Bracts are oblong membranous. Fruit is smooth, shining. It essential oil is used in perfumery and has anti-fungal properties. Russian Wormwood is found in India in Himachal, Uttarakhand and Kashmir, at altitudes of 2100-3000 m.
Medicinal uses: Russian Wormwood is a common traditional Tibetan medicinal plant which has been used widely in China for treating various inflammatory diseases.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Zabarwan mountain, Srinagar, Kashmir.

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