Showy Whiteweed
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Showy Whiteweed
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Showy Whiteweed, Showy Agrimony
Botanical name: Leucomeris spectabilis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Eupatorium spectabile, Gochnatia spectabilis

Showy Whiteweed is a shrub with white flowers. Flowers are borne in rounded stalkess corymbs, 10-20 cm in diameter. Flower-cluster-stalks are densely woolly and having bracteoles. Flower-heads are 2-2.5 cm, involucral bracts about 10, nearly flat, linear-oblong blunt or pointed hairless. Florets are 1.2 cm. Branches are stout, grooved. Leaves are large, 10-35 by 3.5-10 cm, narrowed at both ends, leathery, hairless above; leaf-stalk very short. Leaves are elliptic or elliptic-lanceshaped densely velvety-woolly beneath. Seedpods are 4-6 mm long, slender, densely silky. Pappus is 1.2 cm, pale, hairs often contracted at the base. Showy Whiteweed is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, at altitudes of 600-1700 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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