Unid from Ladakh – TQ-Ladakh-06:
A low-ground plant (wild) found in Ladakh, in June.
Altitude 4500-5000 m.
My vague guess would be Saussurea.
Please identify

For me also this looks like one of the Saussurea species, but not the Brhmakamal.

Looks like Saussurea only. I tried two matches S. andryaloides and S. roylei, but they don’s match exactly. The leaves seem to be much broader in our plant. Here is the important paper that should help.

Sir can it be some aster species as the leaves are more like those in the Genus Aster.

I can’t reconcile to the large strongly hairy bracts on the outside of the head. I can’t decide about their morphological nature. Never heard about them in Aster.

I hope Saussurea gnaphalodes but not sure

S. gnaphlodes has heads in a cluster, and they are smaller. Here we have single large terminal head. The head seems to be closed, but we can see indication of yellowish ray florets, but then strongly hairy involucre bracts (??).

… says that this is just Aster flaccidus before it blooms.
With the picture in the following link, I feel that could be correct:
Ladakh Flowers
Also we found it close to where Aster flaccidus was blooming.

I think yes. Thanks … for first suggesting Aster.


Aster sp.. at Ladakh – July- PKA-05 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Aster sp. near Changla Pass (Altitude: 17000 ft approx).
Date: 21-06-2016.

You may check at Aster for comparative images in efi.

Also check with Aster diplostephioides (DC.) C.B.Clarke

Looks like Aster diplostephioides (DC.) C.B.Cl.

Looks different as per Aster diplostephioides
I think appears close to Aster flaccidus as per images and details herein.


Aster species from Paddar valley J&K SRANA 2:
Request for ID confirmation
Kindly confirm this ID
Bot. name: Aster flaccidus
Family: Compositae
Location: Paddar valley Kishtwar J&K.
Date: 2nd August 2011
Altitude: 3200 meters asl

For me ID is correct.

ID for Leh Flowers 38 a-b : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Please confirm the identity of this plant. Is it by any chance Aster flaccidus

Aster flaccidus from me

Yes. I was about to write A. tibeticus when I discovered it is synonym of A. flaccidus subsp. flaccidus var. flaccidus. I have several specimens from the area.



Help in ID of Erigeron/Aster from Kashmir-GSJULY01/43 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help in ID of this plant (Erigeron/ Aster) photographed from Apharwat Kashmir, alt. 3200 m on July 25, 2011

It is Erigeron multiradius

This I hope is similar to upload by … now, Aster flaccidus subsp. glandulosus

Erigeron is much different, see mine from Apharwat

Not very sure … after seeing images from Ladakh and Padar Valley. Search will perhaps go on but not multiradiatus.

Asteraceae Fortnight Part 1-Radiate heads: Aster species 03052013GS1 from Kashmir for ID- GS30 : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.
Please help in ID of this Aster species photographed from Kashmir, alt 3200m.

Aster falconeri (C.B.Clarke) Hutch. ??

I think looks different as per images at Aster falconeri

It looks more like Erigeron alpinus.

Thanks, …, for the clue. Yes, it appears to be Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Erigeron

Yes E. multiradiatus seems correct ID, already distributed under that species through a different post.

Aster flaccidus subsp glandulosus I think, comparing with my other post and post by



Aster/Erigeron for ID from Kashmir-GSJAN1/50 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help in ID of this alpine herb photographed from Apharwat mountain in Kashmir, alt. 3100 m

Has already been distributed under Erigeron multiradiatus.

Aster flaccidus Bunge: 5 high res. images.

Location: Niseldhor, Dhorpatan, Baglung, Nepal 
Date: 31May 2023
Elevation: 2900 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes, appears OK as per GBIF specimens and
I was much confused with Aster himalaicus as per GBIF, but could not resolve it.

Yes … I shot this sp. at many locations this year but could not confirm 100% correct ID !




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