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  Vernonia saligna var. nilghirensis
 
  Family: ASTERACEAE/COMPOSITAE
  Citation:  Vernonia saligna DC. var. nilghirensis Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 235. 1881; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 674(474). 1921; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 258. 1990; Uniyal in Hajra et al., Fl. India 13: 383. 1995; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 41. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 214. 1998. Vernonia saligna sensu Fyson, Fl. South Indian Hill St. 2: t. 252. 1932, non DC. 1836.
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  Description: Subshrubs, to 1.5 cm high; stem terete, wooly-tomentose. Leaves 8-12 x 2-3 cm, elliptic, acuminate at both ends, distantly crenate-serrate, pubescent along the nerves beneath; petiole 1.5-3 cm long. Panicle terminal, lax, to 25 cm across; branches strigose. Heads 5-6 x 7 mm; involucral bracts 2-3-seriate, dissimilar, outer bracts linear, 6 mm long, sharply acuminate, inner 6 x 1 mm, lanceolate, 3-nerved, hairy. Flowers few, similar; corolla 5 mm long, glabrous; anthers 2 mm long. Achenes 1.5 mm long, glandular between ribs; pappus reddish-white; outer 0.5 mm long, setaceous, inner 4.5 mm long, setaceous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-January
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad
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  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Brown
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Vulnerable (VU)
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  Localities: Chokkampetti, Valiyaparathode
   
 
   
 
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