Kumaon Darunaj
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Kumaon Darunaj
P Native Photo: Alok Mahendroo
Common name: Kumaon Darunaj, Kumaon Doronicum, Kumaon Leopard’s Bane
Botanical name: Doronicum kamaonense    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Doronicum roylei, Fullartonia kamaonensis

Kumaon Darunaj is a rather stout erect perennial, flower-heads several, smaller 1.5-4 cm across, with very numerous long ray-florets, in a lax cluster borne on prominently glandular-hairy stalks, which are swollen at the tip. Ray-florets are yellow, 5-12 mm; involucral bracts lanceshaped, glandular-hairy. Leaves are broadly ovate pointed 8-12 cm, shallowly toothed, upper leaves stem-clasping, with enlarged basal lobes, the lower leaves long-stalked; stem 2-4 ft. Kumaon Darunaj is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 3000-3600 m, quite common in West Himalaya. Flowering: June-August.
Medicinal uses: Kumaon Darunaj is used medicinally. It is said to prevent altitude sickness, giddiness.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Pangi, Himachal Pradesh.

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