Nettle Leaved Wedelia
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Nettle Leaved Wedelia
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Nettle Leaved Wedelia • Kannada: ಕೇಶರಾಜ Kesharaja, ಕೇಶರಾಜಿ Kesharaji, ಗರ್ಗರಿ Gargari • Marathi: वाडेलिया Wadelia
Botanical name: Lipoblepharis urticifolia subsp. urticifolia    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Wedelia urticifolia, Wollastonia urticifolia, Verbesina urticifolia

Nettle Leaved Wedelia is an erect herb, 50-100 cm high, and is a close cousin of Yellow Dots. Oppositely arranged sharply serrated, ovate leaves are 7-15 cm long, and covered with bristly hair on both sides. So, there is a resemblance to nettle leaves, which is the origin of its species name urticaefolia, which means nettle-leaved. Yellow flower-heads are 3 cm across, either in leaf axils or at the end of branches. The flowers occur either solitary or in group of 2-3. Flower-stalks are hairy. Disc flowers are yellow. Ray flowers ("petals") are 6-8 mm long, and divided at the apex. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Maharashtra.

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