Stemless Inula
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Stemless Inula
P Native Photo: Amit Kotia
Common name: Stemless Inula
Botanical name: Inula rhizocephala    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Inula rhizocephala var. rhizocephala, Inula rhizocephaloides

Stemless Inula is very unlike any other inula. It is easily distinguished by its rosette of leaves flat on the ground and a domed stalkless cluster of yellow flower-heads at its center. Flower-heads are 1.9-2.5 cm across, ray florets yellow, about 8 mm, involucral bracts linear pointed, outer ones green with curled tips, inner ones purplish. Leaves are pressed to the ground, long spoon-shaped, blunt, narrowed into a broad stalk, bristly haired, usually 3-5 cm long. The plant is usually 7-12 cm across. Fruits are brown, round, 1.5-2 × about 0.3 mm, longitudinally finely ribbed, covered with appressed short fox-red hairs or hairless. Pappus is 6-7 x as long as achene, with numerous bristles. Stemless Inula is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Saroj Kumar Kasaju Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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