Himalayan Tree Vernonia
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Himalayan Tree Vernonia
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Tree Vernonia • Mizo: Khup-al
Botanical name: Monosis volkameriifolia    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Vernonia volkameriifolia, Conyza volkameriifolia, Vernonia punduana

Himalayan Tree Vernonia is a small tree with velvet-hairy branchlets. Leaves are obovate-oblong or lance-shaped, pointed or blunt. Margins are entire or irregularly toothed. The leaf-stalk half encircles the stem at the base. Flowers are pale mauve in heads about 8 mm long, very numerous, in large branched clusters at the end of branches. Achenes are 10-ribbed, and the pappus is whitish. Himalayan Tree Vernonia is found in the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan to NE India, at altitudes of 400-2400 m. Flowering: February-April.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim & Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh.

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