Proud Saw-wort
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Proud Saw-wort
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Proud Saw-wort
Botanical name: Shangwua denticulata    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Saussurea denticulata, Saussurea fastuosa

Saw-wort is a common name for several species of Saussurea. The species name fastuosa, interestingly, means proud. Proud Saw-wort has erect stems upto 1.2 meters, branched above. Leaves are many, elliptic, finely and regularly toothed. Flower heads look like dried remains of a flower, and are yellow to light brown in color, 1.5-2.5 cm across, on stout stiff stalks (probably the origin of "proud"), solitary or several in lax clusters. Dark brown bracts form a covering which gives the impression of a dried flower.

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

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