Stalked Eyelashpod
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Stalked Eyelashpod
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Stalked Eyelashpod
Botanical name: Blepharispermum petiolare    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Stalked Eyelashpod is a shrub, erect or scrambling; stems divaricately branched, furrowed, brown with scattered lenticels. Leaves ovate, unequal at base, pointed or blunt, margins slightly curled, 5.5 - 11 x 2 - 6 cm, membranous; leaf-stalk 0.8 - 1 cm long. Heads compound, 0.8 - 1.8 cm across, 2 - 5 on long stalked corymbs; flower-cluster-stalk are about 7 cm long, quadrangular, laterally compressed, subtended by an ovate, pointed bract. Involucral bracts 1 - 2-seriate; outer flat or very slightly concave, keeled on the back, each bearing a single female floret; inner bracts 3-toothed, strongly plicate, enfolding a hermaphrodite floret. Outer florets with thread-like flower, about 1.8 mm long, 4-toothed. Flower of disc florets about 3 mm long, 5-toothed. Seed-pods of female florets are dark brown, inverted-lanceshaped, fertile, about 3 mm long, slightly curved, sharply 4-5-angled, strongly fringed with hairs on the angles, flat at tip bearing two stiff hairs; those of disc florets linear, about 1.5 mm long, hairless, sterile, epappose. Stalked Eyelashpod is found in India in W. Ghats, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and in Sri Lanka. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in KMTR, Tamil Nadu.

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