Western Pearly Everlasting
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Western Pearly Everlasting
P Native Photo: Subhasis Roy
Common name: Western Pearly Everlasting
Botanical name: Anaphalis margaritacea    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Western Pearly Everlasting is a perennial herb, with erect leafy stems, and with branch-end dense domed clusters 5-15 cm across, of white flowers each about 8 mm across. Involucral bracts are white-papery, broad, blunt, erect in flower and spreading in fruit. Leaves are lanceshaped 5-12 cm, with 1-3 prominent parallel veins, dark green above, grey- or reddish-woolly beneath. Stems are woolly-haired, mostly unbranched below, 30-60 cm. Western Pearly Everlasting is found in open slopes, grazing grounds, cultivated areas, in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, Japan and N. America, at altitudes of 1800-3000 m. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Subhasis Roy Photographed in Mulkharga village, Upper Neora Range, West Bengal.

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