133. Saussurea acroura Cummins, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew. 1908: 19. 1908.
川甘风毛菊 chuan gan feng mao ju
Herbs 30-80 cm tall, perennial. Stem solitary, 2-4 mm in diam., erect, branched from middle. Lower stem leaves petiolate; petiole to 5 cm; leaf blade oblong, 4-15 × 2-6 cm, pinnatisect, both surfaces green, abaxially sparsely arachnoid pubescent and gland-dotted, adaxially scabrid and strigose; lateral segments 4-10 pairs, linear-oblong, to 3 × 0.7 cm, margin entire or with a single tooth and revolute, apex mucronate. Middle and upper stem leaves gradually smaller upward on stem, base auriculate-amplexicaul. Uppermost stem leaves linear, undivided or with 1-4 segments. Capitula numerous, in a paniculiform-corymbiform synflorescence, pedunculate. Involucre tubular to narrowly campanulate, 5-8 mm in diam. Phyllaries in ca. 4 rows, apically ± villous; outer phyllaries ovate, 2-3 × 1-1.5 mm, apex acuminate; middle phyllaries narrowly elliptic, 3-7 × 1-1.2 mm, apex acute to obtuse; inner phyllaries linear, 7-8(-11) × 0.8-1 mm, apex obtuse. Receptacle bristles 2-3 mm. Corolla pink, 8-9 mm, glabrous, tube 2.5-3.5 mm, limb 5-6 mm, lobes 2.5-3 mm. Achene brown, obconic to cylindric, 3-3.5 mm, gland-dotted, with a short crown. Pappus light brown; outer bristles 2-2.5 mm; inner bristles 8-10 mm. Fl. and fr. Aug.
● Riverbanks, grassy slopes, clay soil at roadsides; 2100-3600 m. Gansu, Sichuan.