Clustered Blumea
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Clustered Blumea
ative Photo: Dimple Bhati
Common name: Clustered Blumea
Botanical name: Blumea glomerata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blumea fistulosa

Clustered Blumea is an annual herb, softly hairy and sometimes bristly, ash-colored. Stems are erect and branched. Branches are leafy, arranged in a panicle, and bearing at the tip, stalkless, clustered interruptedly- spiked heads of flowers. Leaves are lanceshaped, toothed, pointed at both ends. Scales are in many-series. Outer ones are smallest, inner ones linear, longer than flowers. Male flowers are 30, bifid, anthers yellow, protruding. Female flowers slightly more in number than the male ones. Stigmas are bifid, purple. Blumea is named after the botanist Dr. Blume, resident in Java.

Identification credit: Dimple Bhati
Photographed in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh.
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