Silk Leaf
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Silk Leaf
aturalized Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Silk Leaf, Acuate, American softhead • Marathi: झरवड Jharwad
Botanical name: Lagascea mollis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Silk Leaf is an annual herb, 50-100 cm tall. Oppositely arranged simple, ovate leaves with toothed margin, are 3-5 cm long. The leaves are silky beneath. Tiny white-cream colored flowers, with 5 petals, occur in a composite head 2-3 cm across. The heads are surrounded by silky leaves, which probably lends it one of its common names. Silk Leaf is native to the Americas, and naturalized in India. Flowering: August-March.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Maharashtra & Hyderabad.

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