Botanical name: Soroseris hookeriana Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Crepis gillii, Soroseris gillii, Soroseris trichocarpa, Soroseris hirsuta
Hooker's Soroseris is a dwarf, high altitude scree plant growing in the drier areas of the Himalayas, with thick hollow stem 3-10 cm. Leaves are often in a basal rosette, stalked, but sometimes absent. Leaves are narrow oblong to lanceshaped, usually shallowly and irregularly toothed and lobed, but sometimes entire. Stem leaves are often linear, bract-like. Flower-heads are yellow, borne in compact usually almost stalkless domed cluster. Ray-florets are 4, oblong, prominently 5-toothed at tip, 1-1.7 cm long. Bracts below the flowers are linear blunt, with woolly hairs at base, mostly hairless towards top. Hooker's Soroseris is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 4300-5500 m. Flowering: July-August.
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