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Alpine Gerbera Daisy
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Alpine Gerbera Daisy
P Native Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Alpine Gerbera Daisy
Botanical name: Oreoseris nivea    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Gerbera nivea, Arnica nivea, Perdicium niveum

Alpine Gerbera Daisy is a perennial herb of high altitudes, with leaves in a rosette. Flower-heads are pinkish or pale yellow, solitary, drooping and borne on a long cottony leafless stem, longer than the lobed leaves which are densely white-cottony-haired beneath. Flower-heads about 3 cm across; ray-florets oblong, about one and a half times as long as the involucral bracts which are hairless and have long points, the inner larger and broader. Leaves are obovate, all regularly pinnately-lobed with rounded obscurely-toothed lobes, hairless above, narrowed to a short leaf-stalk. Flowering stem is usually solitary, 4-30 cm. Alpine Gerbera Daisy is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3300-4500 m, in shrubberies and on open slopes. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed around Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh.

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