Tiny Garhadiolus
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Tiny Garhadiolus
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Tiny Garhadiolus
Botanical name: Garhadiolus hedypnois    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Garhadiolus minutissimus, Garhadiolus angulosus

Tiny Garhadiolus is a sparsely bristly annual plant that reaches up to 5-25 cm long with stems branched from the base. Leaves are 2-10 x 0.5-2.5 cm, inverted-lanceshaped, coarsely wavy-toothed to pinnately cut with triangular lobes with pointed tip. Flower-heads are composed of yellow florets surrounded by cylindrical-bell-shaped involucre and arranged in cymose rigid leafless inflorescences. Seed-pods are cylindrical, and incurved; marginal achenes are partly enclosed by the persistent phyllaries, with a pappus of minute hairs; while the inner achenes are hirtellous. Common in Kashmir in dry places and wastelands, sometimes in cultivated fields.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Kashmir.
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