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Silky Dwarf Bush   
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Silky Dwarf Bush
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Silky Dwarf Bush • Marathi: बुरंड Burand, बुरुंड Burund
Botanical name: Nanothamnus sericeus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Silky Dwarf Bush is a rigid woolly herb, growing only up to a foot tall. Many hairy branches arise from the root. Alternately arranged stalkless leaves, 3-8 cm long, are lance-shaped, irregularly toothed and densely woolly. The species name sericeus means silky and the genus name Nanothamnus means small shrub. The whole plant is stongly aromatic and spiny. Bright yellow flower-heads, 6-10 mm across, arise in dense, hairy clusters in leaf axils and at the end of branches. The clusters have some small leaves just below them. Petals are linear. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Ratangad, Maharashtra.
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