Jacquemont's Ligularia
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Jacquemont's Ligularia
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Jacquemont's Ligularia
Botanical name: Ligularia jacquemontiana    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Senecio jacquemontianus, Senecillis jacquemontiana

Jacquemont's Ligularia is a shrub 4-5 ft tall. Stem is hairless, reddish brown, grooved. Leaves are broadly ovate-heart-shaped, blunt or somewhat pointed, sinuate, basally heart-shaped, hairless, basal leaves 18-30 x 15-20 cm long leaf-stalked; upper stem leaves winged stalked, semistem-clasping, lanceshaped-inverted-lanceshaped, 10 x 6 cm. Flower-heads numerous pedunculed, in elongated or conical racemes, heterogamous, radiate, 2-2.5 cm in diameter. Involucre cylindrical, phyllaries uniseriate, lanceshaped, pointed-tapering, hairless but finely velvet-hairy towards the tip, 8-10 x 3-4 mm. Ray florets ligulate, female, 10-16 mm long, 6-9 veined; disc florets tubular, bisexual, flower 5-6 mm long, limb bell-shaped, 3-4 mm long, tube 2 mm long. Anthers apically blunt, shortly caudate. Cypsela oblong, blackish-reddish brown, 8-10 ribbed, 4-8 mm long. Pappus basally fused forming a crown or of minute bristles, 1-3 mm long, 40-50, reddish brown. Jacquemont's Ligularia is found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m.

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

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