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ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Koelpinia
Botanical name: Koelpinia linearis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Lapsana koelpinia, Rhagadiolus koelpinia

Koelpinia is a herb 5-35 cm tall. Stem solitary, slender, branched from base, hairless or sparsely pilosulose, remotely leafy. Stem leaves are linear to threadlike, 4.5-15 cm long, 1-5 mm broad, hairless or nearly so. Synflorescence diffusely raceme-like to panicle-like, with 2-5 heads or head solitary. Flower-heads have 5-9 florets. Involucre at anthesis cylindric, 5-7 mm. Phyllaries are smooth or sparsely hairy, tip pointed; outer phyllaries 2 or 3, narrowly triangular, about 2 Z 0.5 mm; inner phyllaries 5, linear-lanceshaped. Florets are pale yellow, not or slightly exceeding involucre. Seed-pods are brownish, claw shaped, about 1 cm, below with antrorse and apically with retrorse rigid hooked needlelike spines. Koelpinia is found in Afghanistan, NW India, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, at altitudes of 400-3600 m.
Medicinal uses: In Tibetan medicine, the plant is used in the treatment of lymphatic diseases (chu gser), gastrointestinal disorders, gas in stomach, bone fracture & inflamation.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir.

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