Alpine Tansy
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Alpine Tansy
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Alpine Tansy
Botanical name: Tanacetum nubigenum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Alpine Tansy is a woody-based white-woolly perennial herb with stems 18-33 cm. Leaves are 6-20 mm long, twice or thrice cut into linear pointed segments which are silvery-grey-hairy. Flower-heads are 3-5 mm or more across, yellow, in compact corymbs. Alpine Tansy is found in the Himalyas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan, on open sandy and stony slopes at altitudes of 3600-4800m. The leaves contain about 0.8% essential oils. The plant is used as an incense. The dried and powdered leaves have lice and insect repelling qualities. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Shali, Himachal Pradesh.
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