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Perennial herb easily differentiated by its larger 3-5 cm across heads on long stalks, dark purple ray florets spreading and much longer than pappus; leaves ovate-lanceolate, 3-5 cm long.
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Many books distinguish Erigeron and Aster on the basis of much narrower ligules (ray florets) in Erigeron and broader in Aster, but the real distinguishing feature is they being uniseriate in Aster and multiseriate in Erigeron, a feature clearly seen here.
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Erigeron multiradiatus (Himalayan fleabane)
Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
14.08.2012

Yes … Nice photograph


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Erigeron multiradiatus (Himalayan fleabane)

Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand

14.08.2012


2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11000 – 12000 ft
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: small herb, about 50 cm high; flower about 3 cm across

nice pic, is it Aster himalaicus ???????????, a wild guess. I also have pic of this flower form some other parts of Himalaya.


I hope Erigeron multiradiatus


Aster himalaicus does look very similar, but it occurs only estawards from central Nepal. So, this one should be Erigeron multiradiatus without doubt.


Many books distinguish Erigeron and Aster on the basis of much narrower ligules (ray florets) in Erigeron and broader in Aster, but the real distinguishing feature is they being uniseriate in Aster and multiseriate in Erigeron, a feature clearly seen here.


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Asteraceae Week (Part I – Radiate heads) :: Erigeron multiradiatus at Valley of Flowers :: 02 AUG 12 01:56 :: DV19 : 2 images. 4 posts by 4 authors.
Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C. B. Clarke
er-IJ-er-on — Greek: eri (early), geron (old man) Dave’s Botanary
mul-ty-rad-ee-AH-tus — nany raysDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: Himalayan fleabane
Distribution: 2600-4400 m; Himalaya (Kashmir to Bhutan), China
References: Flowers of IndiaFlora of ChinaNPGS / GRIN

at Valley of Flowers on 02 AUG 12



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VOF Week: Erigeron multiradiatus from Valley: Erigeron multiradiatus….this was shot from trail leading to
valley….wanted to share mine…


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VOF Week 280812_DS_02: On the way to VOF – another nice flower.
Please identify.


Erigeron multiradiatus, I hope.


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VOF Week: Erigeron multiradiatus? at VOF:
I think this Asteraceae herb is Erigeron multiradiatus. Kindly validate the ID..


Yes beautiful shots of Erigeron multiradiatus


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Asteraceae Week (Part I – Radiate heads) :: Erigeron multiradiatus at VOF :: PKA25:: : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.

This was seen at VoF.
Bot. name: Erigeron multiradiatus.


VoF Week: Erigeron multiradiatus??? confirmation of id please:
This was shot at the valley on 14.08.2012. Looks like Erigeron multiradiatus. Confirmation of the id please.


or could it be aster himalaicus???


From Leaves i think Erigeron multiradiatus


 

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VoF Week: Erigeron multiradiatus from Ghangriya Govindghat Trek:
Erigeron multiradiatus from Ghangriya Govindghat Trek



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ASTERACEAE Fortnight Part-I Radiate Heads May 1-14: Erigeron multiradiatus from Uttarakhand_DSR_13: Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) C.B.Clarke [=Stenactis multiradiatus] is a perennial herb in temperate and alpine Himalaya. With as large as 5cm flower heads it is one of the gems in Valley of Flowers.



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Asteraceae Week Part I-Radiate heads:: Erigeron multiradiatus MN10 :  Attachments (3).  4 posts by 4 authors.
Erigeron multiradiatus
Valley of Flowers
August 2012

Lovely shots … reminded me the beautiful place..



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This lovely Erigeron was shot from Valley of Flowers, Uttrakhand.. I hope the identification is Erigeron multiradiatus



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Erigeron multiradiatus Benth.
Perennial herb easily differentiated by its larger 3-5 cm across heads on long stalks, dark purple ray florets spreading and much longer than pappus; leaves ovate-lanceolate, 3-5 cm long.
Photographed from Apharwat, Kashmir


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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


 


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Erigeron multiradiatus? ABSEP2016/38 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.

I found this near Ilaqa growing atop a boulder. Looking at the ligules and the leaves, I guess it to be an Erigeron species. Please advise.
Erigeron multiradiatus?

Triund-Ilaqa, HP 3300m approx. 10-11 September 2016


I think matches with images at Erigeron multiradiatus


 


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wildflowers of Kanjulakharak Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

I posting a picture in our group after a long interval. Here i posting the blooming flowers of a valley at Kanjulakharak-Chopta route of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary (2700m Msl) on 11th September 2016 while attending Kedarnath Butterfly Meet 2016. Please id the flowers.


I presume this must be a form of Erigeron multiradiatus Flower-heads very variable in size. long-stalked, solitary or clustered. Found in shrubberies & open slopes @ 2400-4500m from Pakistan to Bhutan.  ‘Flowers of the Himalaya’ say it is common. Stewart found it to be abundant in Kashmir from 3600-4600m.

 


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Asteraceae.. Pangi id al111011a: Another one from the Asteraceae….
Location Pangi, Himachal
Altitude 3000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Plant height 12 inches

Erigeron multiradiatus



 

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Aster himalaicus C.B.Clarke (provisionally accepted name) ?? : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Kalinchowk, Dolakha, Nepal
Altitude: 9000 ft.
Date: 26 July 2014

The Asters and Erigerons in the Himalaya are difficult.  Just giving your images a quick look, they do not seem to match what I currently
understand to be Aster himalaicus – which I came across during my first visit to Nepal below Dhaulagiri ice-falls in the Upper Kali Gandaki.
According to Flowers of the Himalaya its altitudinal range is from 3600-4500m, so a population as low as 2700m would be surprising.
Enumeration of Flowering Plants of Nepal gives 3500-5200m.
I have quite a number of photos of Asters from the Himalaya that I can only give as Aster sp.   Until I have the opportunity of investigating the genus/genera further, then Aster sp. is the best I can do.

The late AJC Grierson at Edinburgh Botanics specialised in Asteraceae. Is there anyone with specialist knowledge of these genera? And even if there is, do your images show sufficient detail?


Pl. Check comparative images at EFI.


Did not find a match at comparative images in efi at Aster


This is DEFINITELY not Aster himalaicus – which Flowers of the Himalaya give an altitudinal range of 3600-4500m, so would be astonishing to find it at such a relatively low elevation.
I think I may have an image of what I consider to be the genuine A.himalaicus in cultivation – will post that IF it surfaces at some point.
Aster is another difficult genus. I have a number of photos dating back DECADES that I have not been able to name to species level.
I cannot see myself being in a position to cover Aster much, beyond the species I am reasonably familiar with, for a long time – probably years.
UNLESS there is an ASTER specialist who can check these images – and they may well NOT show all the necessary characteristics to be certain.

So for the time being put it as Aster sp.  and move on to other plants.


Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. & Hook.f. (provisionally accepted name)  ??

Homework! 😓


It might be this but caution is needed  I am most familiar with E.multiradiatus as a taller plant, with clusters of flower-heads but it is VERY variable with smaller, solitary flower-headed forms.  Hard to be sure from the photos you took.

IF it is an Erigeron (hard to tell the two genera apart on the basis of photos alone) the main choice is between E.multiradiatus and E. bellidioides. I am not sure that all the photos available on the internet named as the latter species have been correctly identified.
According to Flora of Bhutan (and specimens of these species in Nepal might be slightly different) stems 15-45cm (I have seen specimens of what I think is this which were taller) in E.multiradiatus, 10-15cm in E.bellidioides; ray florets numerous (120-200) in E.multiradiatus, fewer, 50-100 in E.bellidioides.  Perhaps you can count the ray florets?
I am also not certain that all Asters can be eliminated especially as your photos are mostly out-of-focus and not in close-up, showing few details which could help eliminate this possibility.
As I said in my previous post, not justified devoting much time to the matter UNTIL I have time to scrutinise ALL Asters and Erigerons.
I recollect meeting the most knowledgeable person on Asteraceae in the herbarium of Edinburgh Botanic Garden. I had some pressed specimens of Asters/ Erigerons which were troubling me. I hoped he would take a quick look. I asked about the usually way used to distinguish between the two genera in the UK i.e. the more numerous and narrower ligulate florets along with some other features but he said these did not always work and pointed me in the direction of the cabinet containing the reference pressed specimens for these genera in India!
A quick look at one or two of the entries for Erigeron/ Aster in eFI suggest a number of misidentifications e.g. from Pangi, originally thought to be Aster falconeri (which it probably is) has been named as Erigeron multiradiatus – it is DEFINITELY not this….


 

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Erigeron multiradiatus? ABAUG2017/31 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11)
These plants are short in stature with 4-6cm single flowers. The leaves are hairy on both sides and are either entire or coarsely toothed. Could this be E. multiradiatus?
Erigeron multiradiatus?
Above Snowline, Dharamshala, HP
3300m approx.
16-17 August 2017

I also think matches with images at Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke 


 


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SK877 24 NOV-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Shikha, Kaski, Nepal
Altitude:6600 ft.

Date: 18 November 2017  

Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. & Hook.f. ???
Image Credit : Sameer Kasaju

To me also appears close to the images at Erigeron multiradiatus


 


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Saw these at near Ghangaria and also along the VOF trail, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Kindly validate.

To me also appear close at first glance at 


Other recipients:
I guess correct ID. Thank you. Saroj Kasaju

I guess correct ID.



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Uttaranchal– 26/7/08; JUN 09 Lahaul Spiti;  13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.); Flowers from valley – indiantreepix | Google Groups PLANT FOR ID 130 SMP JUN 09 Lahaul Spiti – indiantreepix | Google Groups Flora of Uttarakhand- Herb45 for Id- JM – efloraofindia | Google Groups

 

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Please help in ID of this Aster species photographed from Kashmir, alt 3200m.


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


 


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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.


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Aster species from Paddar valley:
Kindly confirm the Identification
Bot name: Aster falconeri
Family: Compositae
Location: Paddar valley Kishtwar J&K.
Date: 2nd August 2011
Altitude: 3500 meters asl


Its quite challenging to ID the plant as its in bud condition.

I have serious doubts about this being Aster falconeri. I am about to post an image of what I THINK is this species. Flowers of the Himalaya describes A.falconeri has having SOLITARY flower-heads (the specimen photographed in Paddar Valley does not). The foliage does not seem to fit either.


Aster species- Kashmir ??


Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Erigeron


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confirmation of Erigeron acer var multicauli : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Kindly confirm the species All images shot from Lahaul


Side view to show involucre bracts should help.


If correctly identified  rather correct name according to Kew Database, POWO and Catalogue of Life is E. arcris L. var. multicaulis


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SK 3076 25 October 2021: 3 very high res. images
Location: Rara, Nepal
Altitude: 2957m.
Date: 20 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Aster… ???


Pl. check Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke
To me appears close.


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SK 3179 28 November 2021: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Mugu, Rara, West Nepal
Altitude: 2913m.
Date: 20 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Aster…???

Pl. check Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke
To me appears close.


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Pangi variety – i.d. al091011a: Another one from Pangi…
Location Pangi, Himachal
Altitude 3000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Flower diameter 1.8 cm
Plant height 12 inches

I hope Erigeron bellidioides


Yes Sir agree with Erigeron bellidioides


Yes I too agree with …


Thank you, ……. for the i.d….
I guess I just got confused over the colour.. since the ones we have in Kalatope are usually light violet…



Perhaps then we did not know about this new introduction.
It should be Erigeron Annuus


Thanks a lot, …


I think, this should be Erigeron bonariensis.


1: …: its most likely not small horse fleabane look at its inflorescence its forms a pyramidal shape and the leaves are thinnish lhence also known as flaxleaf fleabane.
2 it could be the annual fleabane. … had told us the flowers were 1.8 cms ie just about 3/4th inch in diameter. But the leaf i can see in those 2 pictures from 2011 (there is no way … can go back and take more pictures now) does not look like this. this is common weed in midwest usa this website talks of Illinois. so now we need to go thru a key as best as we can make with two pictures from 2011 .


Erigeron bellidioides is a more delicate plant – this looks sturdier than that. To me this looks like Myriactis wallichii
http://www.plant.csdb.cn/details?guid=photo:ppbc@447873
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200024320
found at 2600-3600 m throughout Himalayas.

good thought. the flowers do look similar what Thingam photographed. so may be this is … but my concern remains  relook at the leaves and the habit… without … input and relook at the plant where it was growing i cant be sure and … being far away that’s not possible. so???


It still appears Erigeron to me. See the capitulum and disc florets. My choice is either what I have previously mentioned (Erigeron bonariensis) or E. annuus as suggested by …


After going through various Floras on Himachal Pradesh especially ‘FLORA OF CHAMBA – HIMACHAL PRADESH’, it appears only Erigeron annuus as earlier suggested by …
As far as Myriactis wallichii  is concerned, it has semiglobose heads, ca 6 mm across, on slender pedicels, forming a wide paniculate inflorescence. But in the present case, capitula are quite large, on thick pedicels.


Thank you, … for prompting me to go through different FLORAS.


yes your differential diagnosis is correct to my eyes it resembled the annual fleabane. the Erigeron annus. very common weed in the american and canadian Midwest. it perhaps arrived with the humans traveling or the congress grass (american midwest is the corn and wheat belt) so take your pick. for the time being we will have to let go of the leaf. Its a good academic exercise to go thru numerous refs i am glad you did


Thank you … for your kind words.
It has become very common on the roadsides in all parts of Himachal Pradesh.


Going by phyllaries, it appears more closer to images at Erigeron multiradiatus (Lindl. ex DC.) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke rather than Erigeron annuus (L.) Pers.



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