Leontopodium linearifolium Hand.-Mazz. in Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 44: 100. 1928; R. R. Stewart in Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 764. 1972.
A rhizomatous sub-caespitose herbs or with stolons; branches erect or ascending, up to 40 cm long. Radical leaves in basal rosettes, 1.5-8.4 x 0.2-0.4 cm, linear, cauline leaves up to 10 cm long, linear, acute or obtuse, densely tomentose, upper one glabrous. Radiating inflorescence bracts many. Capitula 7-9 mm in diameter, dioecious rarely heterogamous; phyllaries ± 5 mm long, villose, apex glabrous. Cypselas glabrous or papillose or hirtellus; pappus white, setae at the base serrulate.
Syntypes: from Tibet and Kashmir (?).
An imperfectly known species. The only record for our region is that of Thomson’s specimen collected from Khaplu, Shayuk valley; Distribution: Xizang, China, Kashmir (?).
Three specimens collected by T. Thomson, mounted on one sheet, are present in Kew herbarium. Handel-Mazzetti numbered these specimens as 1, 2 and 3. On number 1, there is a mark of interrogation and the dates are 5-6.5.1848. The specimen 3 is from Khaplu, Shayok valley. He identified all the three specimens as L. linearifolium. He was also surprised to see the specimens 1 & 2 from such a 1ow altitude, probably the species grow on a higher altitude. Moreover according to R. R. Stewart’s note that on May 5, Thomson was in Kashmir between Anantipur and Islamabad at 5200 ft.