Nilgiri Thorowax
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Nilgiri Thorowax
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Nilgiri Thorowax
Botanical name: Bupleurum ramosissimum var. wightii    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Bupleurum mucronatum Wight & Arn., Bupleurum wightii

Nilgiri Thorowax is a stout, branched herb with umbels of tiny yellow flowers. Flowers are borne in several open umbels, at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, on flower-cluster-stalks up to 3 cm. Umbels are subtended by 3-5 lanceshaped bracts, up to 10 x 2 mm. Rays are 3-5, unequal, umbellules 4-10-flowered. Involucel of 5 lanceshaped bracteoles, to 5 mm. Petals are yellow, obovate. Basal and lower stem leaves are oblong to inverted-lanceshaped, up to 15 x 1 cm, base narrow, tip pointed, with a tiny point at the tip. leaf-stalk up to 3 cm. Upper stem leaves are narrowed and stem-clasping. Fruits are elliptic, 3.5 x 2.5 mm; ribs prominent, not winged. Nilgiri Thorowax is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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