White Sweet Sultan
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White Sweet Sultan
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: White Sweet Sultan
Botanical name: Amberboa moschata 'The Bride'    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Chryseis moschata, Amberboa odorata var. glauca

Sweet Sultan is a biennial herb 30-50 cm tall. There are various garden cultivars with different color flowers, white, pink, purple etc. Stem is solitary, branched or unbranched; stem and branches sparsely cobwebby floccose. Leaves are hairless or sparsely floccose. Lower stem leaves are stalked, spoon-shaped to elliptic, 6-7 × 1.5-2 cm, base narrowed, margin toothed, tip blunt to pointed. Middle and upper stem leaves are shortly stalked, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, lyrately pinnately divided. Uppermost leaves are stalkless or almost so, margin toothed. Flowers rest on an ovoid involucre 1.2-2 cm in diameter. Flower tube is white, 10-20-cleft, white hairy. Marginal florets are much longer than inner ones. Achene are brown, cylindric, about 5 mm, densely white villous. Sweet Sultan is native to the West Asia, grown as a garden plant in India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi University Garden, Delhi.
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