Himalayan Fleabane
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Himalayan Fleabane
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan fleabane
Botanical name: Erigeron multiradiatus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Erigeron is a genus of about 200 species - The most widely used common name, fleabane, is shared with related plants in several other genera. Himalayan fleabane is a beautiful perennial with erect hairy stem upto 12-30 cm, and aster-like flowers. Leaves can be inversely ovate or lance-like, pointed or blunt, entire or coarsely toothed. Flower-heads vary in size 1.5-5 cm across, solitary or clustered, long stalked. "Petals" or ray florets are dark purple, long thread like, spreading. The central disk is yellow. Himalayan fleabane is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2600-4400 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Lachung, Sikkim.

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