Carpesium nepalense Less., Linnaea 6: 234. 1831 (Syn: Carpesium acutum Hayata; Carpesium cernuum var. nepalense (Less.) C. B. Cl.);
China (Yunnan), Taiwan, Tibet, India (NE-India, Nilgiris, temperate Himalayas, Meghalaya), Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Myanmar [Burma] (Mandalay), Sri Lanka, Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;

Plant 30-80cm; stems puberulous at first to persistently lanate. Leaves ovate, rarely elliptic, narrower in inflorescence, 4-25 x 1.2-7cm, usually briefly acuminate, truncate and petiole to narrowly long attenuate at base, entire to sinuate denticulate, sparsely puberulous to pilose above and to thinly lanate beneath, short glandular hairy on both surfaces. Capitula usually solitary at branch ends, rarely several, well spaced along branches and subsessile, nodding, surrounded by a cluster of elliptic leafy bracts, each 1-5 x 0.3-1cm. Involucre 3-4-seriate; outermost phyllaries herbaceous at least above, oblong, c 6-8 x 2mm,acute or acuminate; inner ones shorter, scarious, oblong, acute or some obtuse. Disc 6-17mm diameter, greenish-yellow; corollas 1.4-3mm, tube glabrous or hairy. Achenes 4mm.

Fl. July – October
Meadows, clearings,pathsides, banks, streamsides in forests
(Attributions- A.J.C Grierson & D.G.Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RGoB and RBGE. 2001)

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Carpesium nepalense var. lanatum (Hook. fil. & Thomson ex C. B. Cl.) Kitam. : 8 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2400m.
Habitat  : Wild

I think Carpesium nepalense var. nepalense Less. only as per keys at


SK 2993 26 September 2021:
Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude:  2600 m.
Date: 15 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Capesium …. ???

After going through the keys in Flora of China and species in Checklist of Nepal, I think it is Carpesium nepalense only.


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