Shaggy-Leaved Bassia
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Shaggy-Leaved Bassia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Shaggy-Leaved Bassia
Botanical name: Bassia dasyphylla    Family: Chenopodiaceae (Cat tail family)
Synonyms: Bassia divaricata, Chenolea divaricata, Echinopsilon divaricatus

Shaggy-Leaved Bassia is an annual herb, 10-50 cm high, strongly divergingly branched from the base with stiff branches, greenish or white-velvety. Stem and branches are covered with rather long, spreading hairs. Leaves are alternate, semi-terete or terete, blunt, narrowing towards base, hairy. Inflorescence wide-spreading with very slender terminal branches. Flowers are mostly solitary, in leaf axils. Tepals are hairy, bearing in fruit subulate, stellately expanded broad-based outgrowths, 1-2.5 mm long. Seeds are almost round, smooth. Shaggy-Leaved Bassia is found in W. and C. Asia, and Kashmir and Ladakh. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.
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