Gynura nitida DC. (Syn: Gynura incana Druce; Gynura simplex Dalzell & A.Gibson; Senecio heyneanus Sch.Bip.);
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W. & S. India, Indo-China as per POWO;
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Stout herbs, stem furrowed, glabrous. Leaves basal and cauline, similar, 10-15 x 3-4 cm, oblanceolate, entire, apex obtusely acute, narrowed and amplexicaule at base. Heads 16 x 12 mm, cylindrical, 10-20 together, in panicled cymes; bracts 10 x 2 mm, lanceolate, acute; receptacle rugose. Flowers not all fertile; corolla 10 mm long, lobes obtuse, glandular. Achenes 3.5 x 1 mm, ellipsoid, 11-ribbed, truncate, black; pappus 14 mm long, white. 

Flowering and fruiting: January-December
Grasslands 
Western Ghats

Gynura nitida photographed from along Chikmagalur Mullayaingiri Road, 26-9-2015


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