Botanical name: Cyathula tomentosa Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Achyranthes tomentosa, Achyranthes sequax, Desmochaeta tomentosa
Woolly Pastureweed is a deciduous shrub up to 3 m tall. Stem and branches are densely gray hairy, swollen at nodes. Leaves are elliptic, pointed to long-pointed, both surfaces densely velvety, base rounded. Flower are greenish-white, in dense round heads 2.5-4 cm across. These round flower-heads are arranged in spikes at branch ends or in leaf axils. The lower parts of the spikes are interrupted. Bracts are ovate, tip pointed. Perfect flowers, 1-2 in each cluster, are surrounded by imperfect flowers which are reduced to a single sepal with rigid hooked bristle-tip. Fruit is enclosed in the flower, with enlarged hooked tips. Woolly Pastureweed is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to W. China, at altitudes of 1400-2400 m. Flowering: June-July.
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