Yellow Salsify
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Yellow Salsify
B Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Salsify, Western Goatsbeard, Greater Sand Goatsbeard, Yellow Goatsbeard
Botanical name: Tragopogon dubius    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Yellow Salsify is a grass-like biennial herb 40-80 cm tall, with stem erect, simple or branched from lower or middle third, hairless. Basal and lower stem leaves are lanceshaped to linear, 15-40 x 0.3-0.5 cm. Flower-heads are solitary to few; flower-cluster-stalk inflated, 7-10 mm in diameter. Involucre is 4-5.5 cm at anthesis, up to 7 cm in fruit. Phyllaries are 8-12, longer than florets, equaling or longer than achenes with pappus. Florets are yellow. Outer achenes are 2.2-3 cm; body pale brown, curviform, 1.4-1.7 mm in diameter, with 5 fairly well-differentiated ribs, tuberculate; beak whitish, 1.2-1.6 cm, slender, non-tuberculate or toothed, inflated at tip. Pappus is dirty white, 2.2-2.8 cm. Yellow Salsify is found in Europe to China and Himalaya. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

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