Swaying Himalayan Aster
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Swaying Himalayan Aster
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Swaying Himalayan Aster
Botanical name: Aster molliusculus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Diplopappus molliusculus

Swaying Himalayan Aster is a perennial herb with swaying long-stalked white or lilac flower-heads. Flower-heads are 1.5-3 cm across, usually solitary, with many short slender petals (ray florets) which are often curled back. The flower-heads are borne on slender leafy stems 10-60 cm tall. Bracts below the flowers are narrow-lanceshaped long-pointed. Leaves are lanceshaped to oblong, entire or toothed, pointed to blunt, 1.3-4 cm long. Stems are many, slender, arising from a woody rootstock, leafy, often red tinged. Fruit is silky haired. pappus reddish. Swaying Himalayan Aster is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 1800-3300 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Doodhpathri, Kashmir.

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