Yellow Blumea
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Yellow Blumea
A Native Photo: Manoranjan Paramanik
Common name: Yellow Blumea Nepali: तोरीबुटी Toribhuti
Botanical name: Blumea flava    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blumeopsis falcata, Blumeopsis flava, Conyza falcata, Laggera flava

Yellow Blumea is an annual, erect herb, 25-100 cm tall. Leaves are 1.5-8 x 0.5-4 cm, spiy-toothed, lower ones obovate, blunt, narrowed to base, upper ones ovate-oblong, pointed with a stem-clasping base. Flower-heads are yellow, 3-4 mm in diameter. Phyllaries are in 5-series, overlapping, hairless, outer ones ovate, somewhat pointed, inner ones linear-oblong, tapering. Marginal florets are female, thread-like, 3-toothed. Disk florets are bisexual or with few nearly-bisexual ones (with partially developed androecium), tubular 4- or 5-toothed. Achenes are very small, hairless, 10-ribbed. Pappus is white, 2.5-5 mm. Yellow Blumea is found on grassy slopes, sparse forests, below 2000 m, from Tropical Asia to S. China, including the Himalayas and Western Ghats. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Manoranjan Paramanik Photographed in West Bengal.

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