Himalayan Saw-wort
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Himalayan Saw-wort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Saw-wort
Botanical name: Saussurea piptathera    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Himalayan Saw-wort is a perennial herb, 1-3 ft tall. Leaves are oblong or ovate-oblong, with sharply toothed margins, hairless above, cottony below, with stem-clasping base. Purplish-blue flower-heads, 1/2 inch across, are borne in a crowded dense corymb. Flower-head start as wooly, dirty looking buds, and open to purple flowers. Interestingly, the species name piptathera originates from the Greek pipto (to fall) and ather (stalk). Himalayan Saw-wort is found in the Himalayas, from Tehri-Garhwal to Sikkim, at altitudes of 3400-3700.

Identification credit: Umesh Tiwari Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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