Tall Cudweed
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Tall Cudweed
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Tall Cudweed • Nepali: बुकि फुल Buki phul
Botanical name: Pseudognaphalium adnatum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Anaphalis adnata, Gnaphalium adnatum, Gnaphalium esquirolii

Tall Cudweed is a robust herb with stems erect, 4-8 mm across, 50-100 cm tall, unbranched or rarely branched below, corymbosely branched above, densely woolly. Basal leaves wither away at flowering; middle and lower leaves inverted-lanceshaped or almost elliptic, 4-9 x 1-2 cm, leathery, both surfaces densely woolly, midrib elevated, base decurrent, tip blunt. Flower-heads are 5-7 mm in diameter, in corymbs on upper stem. Involucre yellow or whitish, 3- or 4-seriate, spherical, 5-6 mm wide, scarious. Flower-heads are predominantly female, with 8-10 bisexual, tubular florets (functionally male) and about 100 thread-like, female florets. Flower of female florets are light yellow, 2-3 mm long; those of bisexual florets with glandular teeth, 2.5-3 mm long. Stigma of female florets thread-like and those of bisexual floret headlike. Seedpods are oblong, about 0.5 mm. Pappus is white, about 3 mm. Tall Cudweed is found at altitudes of 800-3200 m, in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, NE India, Burma, Indo-China, Philippines, China, Taiwan. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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