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Gnaphalium thomsonii Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 3: 290. 1881; R. R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 749. 1872; P. C. Pant, l.c. 94. (Fig. 27, A-D).

  • Gnaphalium ulginosum sensu C. B. Clarke

    Erect branched, 10-20 (-25) cm tall, annual herbs, covered with white soft tomentum. Leaves linear, falcate, with acute apex, entire, (0.5-) 1-3 x 0.1-0.3 (-0.4) cm, covered with white dense tomentum, more on the lower surface than the upper one. Capitula in terminal or rarely axillary clusters, substended by slender white woolly leaves, rarely solitary, peduncle 2-3 mm, white tomentose; phyllaries 2-3-seriate, linear-oblong, obtuse-subacute, scarious, brown, shining with strong green central vein, outer densely white lanate at the base, shorter than the inner, c. 3 x 0.5 mm. Outer florets 2-more seriate, many, filiform, 3-4 toothed, disc florets 4-5, tubular, corolla c. 2 mm long, 5-lobed. Cypselas brownish, quadrangular, c. 0.5 mm long, sparingly papillose, pappus setae white, not coherent.

    Fl.Per.: July-September.

    Syntypes: Kashmir, 5-7000 ft, T. Thomson (K!), Stewart & Brandis (K).

    Grows between 2500-3900 m along rocky stream beds, plains and cultivated fields; Distribution: India, Kashmir, Pakistan and China.

    A very distinct species, easily recognized by its linear leaves, capitula arranged in globose clusters and brownish shining linear phyllaries which overtop the heads.


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