Short-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
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Short-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Short-Leaf Pearly Everlasting
Botanical name: Anaphalis brevifolia    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Anaphalis bournei, Gnaphalium brevifolium

Short-Leaf Pearly Everlasting is a well branched herb; branchlets slender, white fluffy, old leaves clustered at base. Leaves linear to (inverted-)lanceshaped, 1.5 x 0.4 cm, woolly, 1-nerved, base narrowed and decurrent, tip pointed. Corymbs at branch-ends, to 3 cm wide, with upto 20 flower-heads; flower-cluster-stalk to 2 cm. Flower-heads are heterogamous, white, 5 mm wide; stalk 1.2 cm; receptacle less than 3 mm wide. Phyllaries 3-seriate, white; outer ones ovate-oblong, 3.5 mm, sub-pointed; inner ones oblong-lanceshaped, 4 mm, blunt. Pappus 15-20, 3 mm long. Bisexual florets 30-40 in 3-or 4-series. Flower tube 3 mm; lobes 5. Stamens 5. Style 3 mm, somewhat protruding. Pistillate florets 10-20 in 2-or 3-series. Flower-tube 2.5 mm; teeth 5. Style 3 mm, protruding. Achene ovoid, 3-4 angled, scaly. Short-Leaf Pearly Everlasting is found in endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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