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Wool-Flower Blumea
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Wool-Flower Blumea
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Wool-Flower Blumea
Botanical name: Blumea eriantha    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Wool-Flower Blumea is an erect unbranched herb, up to 50 cm high with stems reddish, sparsely hairy. Leaves are 3-6 x 1-2 cm, elliptic to obovate, tapering at base, rough above. Flower-heads are 6 x7 mm, borne at branch-ends in congested leafy panicles, carried on flower-cluster-stalks 5 mm long. Bracts are 6 x 0.5 mm, lanceshaped, tapering, brown; outer smaller, velvet-hairy. Bisexual flowers are few, central; florets 4 mm long, sparsely hairy; lobes velvet-hairy. Achene are 1 mm long, ribbed, sparsely hairy; pappus 4 mm long, brownish. Wool-Flower Blumea is native to India and Nepal. Flowering: November-April.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed at Bhandup pumping station, Maharashtra.

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