Youngia nilgiriensis Babc., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1939: 662 (1940) ;
S-India (W-Ghats (Nilgiri Hills)) as per CoL;
SW. India as per POWO;

Herbs, perennial; stems short, woody. Leaves 10-16 x 1.5-3 cm; basal oblanceolate, acute, lyrate-pinnatifid, with a narrow petiole, puberulous above, glabrous beneath; lower cauline leaves acuminate; upper lanceolate, acuminate, sessile. Heads 8-9 mm long, blackish green or dark green, 12-13 flowered; peduncle glabrous. Outer involucral bracts unequal, 5-7, 2-3.5 mm long; inner 8, rounded at apex. Ligules yellow; corolla 9-10 mm long. Anthers 2 mm long. Style greenish. Achenes brownish subcompressed, 5 mm long, attenuate at apex. Pappus bluish grey, ca 5 mm long.
Flowering and fruiting: November-December
Shola forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)


Nilgiris: Asteraceae for identification 031212MK01:  Please help me to identify this herb. It was found among the grasses in open land. The plant was about one foot in height.

Date: 20 Oct 2012
Place: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris, TN

Alt.: 2370 m asl

it seems to be Youngia japonica

Yes, this should be Youngia japonica

Thank you …, how this can be differentiated from Youngia nilgiriensis?

This is likely to be Youngia nilgiriensis Babc.
The differences are description of FoC, descriptio of Kerala Plants and KEW herbarium.




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  GCC  IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  Kerala Plants  KEW herbarium Wikipedia