Sikkim Aster
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Sikkim Aster
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Sikkim Aster
Botanical name: Aster sikkimensis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Metamyriactis sikkimensis

Sikkim Aster is an erect leafy perennial herb, growing up to 1 m tall. Branches are numerous, slender, bending. Leaves are thin, lanceshaped, long pointed, with margins toothed. Flower-heads are purplish pink, with yellow centers, 1.5 cm across, borne in dense flat-topped clusters. Bracts just below the flowers are linear, long pointed. Seed-pods are hairy, 4-ribbed, pappus white or reddish. Sikkim Aster is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Sikkim, at altitudes of 2400-3100 m.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lachung, Sikkim.

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