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Scapigerous perennial herbs with thick rootstock; juice milky. Leaves all basal, 8-15 x 1-3 cm, oblong, acute or obtuse, entire or finely toothed, glabrous. Heads 15 x 8 mm, cylindrical, 10-15 together, cymose, on elongated scapes. Scapes 3-5, 15-20 cm high, branched, glabrous. Bracts uniseriate, 10 x 2.5 mm, acute, oblong, margins white. Flowers all ligulate; corolla bright yellow, 18 mm long, glabrous, limb oblong; anthers sagittate at base. Achenes 5 x 1 mm, compressed, yellowish brown.

Flowering and fruiting: March-September
Moist deciduous forests
India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and Iran



 Launaea sp for ID -25022014-PKA-Feb55 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4).  
Looks like Launaea sp.
Location: Mullayangiri (Altitude: approx 5500 ft) – Karnataka
Family: Asteraceae
Date/Time: 26-01-2014 / 11:45AM
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Herb

L . acaulis?….

Launaea species so far in efi

It looks like Launaea acaulis to me too.



Launaea sarmentosa (Willd.) Sch.Bip. ex Kuntze SN Oct 16 : 3 posts by 2 authors.  Attachments (4).
Launaea sarmentosa (Willd.) Sch.Bip. ex Kuntze
wild herb from the out skirts of Bangalore.

this plant looks different from L. sarmentosa which is a sarmentose herb usually found in coastal areas.
Could this be L. acaulis?

I agree with you, I did not go through any key before uploading. It is Launaea acaulis (Roxb.) Babc. ex Kerr

Thank you …



ANAPR52 Launaea sp. for identification : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Family: Asteraceae
Date: 24th August 2015
Place: Mullayanagiri, Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Grasslands

Pl. check Launaea acaulis

It matches with Launaea acaulis
Found on the slopes of a hillock near Nandi Hills, (approx 60km from bangalore) Chikballapur district.
Milky juice was present in leaves and tuber

It looks similar to Wight’s illustration – 
please wait for members who have recorded it.



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