Woolly Ground Daisy
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Woolly Ground Daisy
P Native Unknown Photo: Saroj Kumar Kasaju
Common name: Woolly Ground Daisy
Botanical name: Waldheimia vestita    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Allardia vestita

Woolly Ground Daisy is a perennial, strongly aromatic herb with branches clustered, creeping, white woolly; mature stems clothed with remains of old leaves. Leaves are cuneiform, 3-5 lobed or linear inverted-lanceshaped, entire upwards, 1.5 - 2 cm long. Flower-heads are borne at branch-ends, shortly stalked, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts white woolly, broadly to narrowly lancolate with brown fringed margins, 0.5-1 x 0.05-0.2 cm. Receptacle flat, naked. Ray florets are pink, 1.5 x 0.3 cm; ligule narrowly elliptic, obscurely 3-fid. Disc florets are hermaphrodite, yellow, tubular, sparsely glandular, slightly inflated at the base, 4 x 0.5 mm; limb 5-fid; lobes ovate, pointed. Seed-pods are obscurely obconic, 1.5 x 1 mm, angled, glandular, crowned by the style base. Pappus yellow, almost equalling the flower tube, linear, flattened at the tips. Woolly Ground Daisy is found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 4000-5000 m, in Jammu & Kashmir and W. Tibet. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Saroj Kumar Kasaju, Gurcharan Singh Photographed enroute to Khardung La, Ladakh.

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