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Anaphalis rhododactyla

Description from Flora of China

Rhizome thickish, with dense withered leaves, numerous erect branches or sterile stems congested to pulvinate. Sterile stems with dense squamate leaves and fertile axillary buds; cauline leaves obovate, 0.5-1.5 × 0.2-0.4 mm, cinereous tomentose, rounded at apex, sometimes with gland-dotted short cusp. Flowering stems on sterile stems, 5-30 cm, slender, cinereous to yellowish white tomentose, densely leafy; basal leaves obovate or spatulate-oblong, 1.5-4 × 0.3-0.5 mm, base attenuate to a long petiole; middle leaves erect or slightly expanding, spatulate or lanceolate-oblong, uniformly wide or slightly narrow at base, decurrent on stem into a short wing; upper leaves lanceolate or linear, apex acute, with long chaffy cusp; all leaves pallid arachnoid tomentose, 3-veined, midvein convex abaxially, tomentose. Capitula 5-10, densely corymbiform; peduncle 1-2 mm. Involucre broadly campanulate, 7-8 × 5-6 mm; phyllaries ca. 5-seriate, expanding; outer phyllaries upper parts mauve, lower parts brown, ovate or elliptic, 3-5 mm, tomentose; middle ones mauve or white, yellowish white when dry, oblong-lanceolate, ca. 7 × 1.5-2 mm, acute at apex; innermost ones linear-oblanceolate, ca. 5 mm, with a ca. 3/5 of full length claw. Receptacle with fimbrillate appendage. Predominantly female capitula with numerous marginal female florets, center of 1 or 2 male florets; predominantly male capitula with male florets only. Corolla tube ca. 4 mm. Pappus slightly exceeding corolla, incrassate at tip of apex in male florets, serrulate. Achenes oblong, ca. 1 mm, densely glandular. Fl. Jul-Aug, fr. Sep. 2n = 56*.

● Alpine grasslands, open slopes, rock fissures; 3800-4200 m. SW Sichuan (Chawalong, Muli), E Xizang (Zayü, Zogang), N Yunnan (Gongshan, Weixi, Zhongdian).


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