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Gokhale Sonsari
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Gokhale Sonsari
A Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Gokhale Sonsari
Botanical name: Vicoa gokhalei    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Gokhale Sonsari is an annual, erect herb, 1-6 ft tall. It is named in honour of "Gokhale Education Society, Nashik," one of the oldest and well known educational institutes of Maharashtra. It is closely related to Vicoa cernua but differs in its 0.6 to 1.2 mm thick flower-cluster-stalk (vs. 0.1 to 0.2 mm thick flower-cluster-stalk), much larger flower-heads 1.3-3.5 cm across (vs. flower-heads 6-7 mm across), outer involucral bracts linear-ovate (vs. outer involucral bracts linear-lanceshaped), inner involucral bracts with fringed margin (vs. inner involucral bracts with entire margin), receptacle 6-8 mm across (vs. receptacle 3.0-3.5 mm across), ray florets 6-10 mm long (vs. ray florets 0.8-1.5 mm long) and narrowly obtriangular-inverted-lanceshaped achenes of disc florets with 2-5 pappus hairs (vs. oblong to inverted-lanceshaped achenes of disc florets with 10-14 pappus hairs). Leaves are 1.5-12 x 1.0-4.5 cm, simple, alternate, toothed margin, pointed tip, bristly-rough on both surfaces, lower surface pale, glandular; basal to middle leaves with 4-15 mm long leaf-stalk, lanceshaped-elliptic, leaf base pointed to tapering; middle to apical leaves stalkless, lanceshaped-elliptic to oblong-inverted-lanceshaped, leaf base pointed to broadly narrowed stem-clasping. Gokhale Sonsari is found in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Kumar Gosavi Photographed at Vasota fort & Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.

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