Gnomophalium pulvinatum (Del.) Greuter, Willdenowia 33: 242 (2003) (syn:Evax indica Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.; Filago prostrata DC.; Gnaphalium crispatulum Delile; Gnaphalium depressum Roxb.; Gnaphalium prostratum Roxb.; Gnaphalium pulverulentum Bové ex DC.; Gnaphalium pulvinatum Delile; Homognaphalium crispatulum (Delile) Kirp.; Homognaphalium pulvinatum (Delile) Fayed & Zareh);
Egypt to Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent to SE. Tibet: Assam, Egypt, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sinai, Sudan, Tibet as per POWO;

Prostrate herbs, branches woolly. Leaves 3-4 x 0.6 cm, oblanceolate, apex acute, base narrowed into a petiole. Heads 3 x 3 mm, globose, in terminal leafy branched spikes; peduncle short or absent; bracts 2.5 x 0.5 mm, oblanceolate, acute, cottony hairy; outer bracts brown; inner bracts hyaline. Bisexual flowers 9-10, central; corolla 1.5 mm long, reddish. Female flowers numerous; corolla 1.5 mm long, lobes glandular. Achenes terete, brown.
Flowering and fruiting: December-April
Marshy areas

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)

SK1195 12 JUNE 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each.
Location: Sandakphu, India
Date: 13 May 2018
Altitude: 12000 ft.
Habit : Wild
Some Saussurea sp. ??

I do not think so.

Could not find a match at Gnaphalieae

Haven’t encountered this spp but wild guess: besides Saussurea it may be Asteraceae or Primulaceae member

No idea again, Sir. Any Crassulaceae member?

Does not look like Crassulaceae. I am guessing some Sassurea sp. or May be Anaphilis ??

ok Sir, I’ll try asteraceae to find any similarities.

You are great Sir!  At least some similarities can be found in a page claims to be stages of Anaphalis margaritacea –

What is your opinion about the attached entry in “Flora of British India? There is a document on this species available online, but i do not have access of that one.
Attachments (1)

Is the attachment from FoBI related to above post ?

Thanks, … Looks different from Gnaphalium flaccidum Kurz ex C.B.Clarke as per specimens at GBIF as below:

Yes, Sir, it can’t be that!

Anaphalis sp. ??

Can it be some Leontopodium species like Leontopodium monocephalum?

I don’t know, Sir ji, and I am afraid BP has no such asteraceae!

Probability only :-

Gnaphalium pulvinatum of BP & FBI = POWO
GBIF specimen from Egypt , (BUT there are other from India too) –
at (has collection from INDIA too)
KEW site – POWO
Attached here modified pictures, I edited for my exploration venture!!!

I agree with you, …

Thanks for solving another mystery.

Listed in Flora of Pakistan as Homognaphalium pulvinatum (Delile) Fayed & Zareh in Willdenowia

Thanks, Sir ji, these names-synonyms-accepted names are so confusing, it gets very difficult to search and obtain id(s) of complicated families.



References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  GCC  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  Kerala plants  Melghat Plant Data Bank

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