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  Vernonia gossypina
 
  Family: ASTERACEAE/COMPOSITAE
  Citation:  Vernonia gossypina Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1920: 340. 1920 & Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 675(474). 1921; Uniyal in Hajra et al., Fl. India 13: 371.1995; Gopalan & Henry, Endemic Pl. Agasthiyamala 427. 2000; Mohanan et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 24:76.2000; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 395. 2002.
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  Description: Large shrubs. Stem stout, white woolly when young. Leaves 5-7 x 1.5-2 cm, elliptic lanceolate, acute at apex, attenuate at base, white woolly on both sides when young, more below, upper side glabrous on ageing and tubercled rugose. Peduncles 8-15 cm long. Heads 4-5 flowered. Involucre bracts many-seriate, lower small, 0.1-0.2 cm long, subulate, cottony without; inner large, scaly, 0.3-0.5 cm long, ovate, puberulous without. Corolla pink; tube 0.4-0.5 cm long; lobes 4. Achenes 0.3 cm long, 3-angled, glabrous, yellow glandular on angles. Pappus 2-seriate; outer small, paleaceous, 0.1 cm long; inner white barbellate hairs 0.3-0.4 cm long.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-September
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram
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  Habitat: Shola forests and grasslands
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Critically Endangered (CR)
  Altitude: 1000-2000
  Localities: Agasthymala peak
   
 
   
 
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