Vernonia anamallica


IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Flowering & Fruiting: November – March

Habitat: Grassland

Distribution: Endemic to Southern Western Ghats


Shrubs, upto 1.5 m tall; stems and branches angled, appressed pubescent, internodes somewhat zigzag. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, crenate-serrate, 11.5 x 3.8 cm, appressedly golden pubescent beneath, petioled. Heads in terminal corymbs, ca 1 cm across. Involucral bracts 4-5-seriate, ovate, mucronate, thick, appressed hairy on the back, ciliate on the margins; outermost ca 1.5 mm long; innermost ca 5 mm long. Achenes shining white, ca 2.5 mm long, 4-5-angled, smooth, glandular, broad above with a conspicuous hollow pappus ring.


Vernonia anamallica Bedd. ex Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1920: 339. 1920; Uniyal in Hajra et al., Fl. India 13: 353. 1995.