Melanoseris aitchisoniana

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Melanoseris aitchisoniana

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The species is closely related to and doubtfully distinct from M. brunoniana.


Herb, perennial, 20-60-(75) cm high. Flowering stems erect, glabrous. Rosette leaves 4.5-6.0-(16.0) cm long, 3.0-4.0 cm wide, pinnatipartite, sinuate-dentate, acute or acuminate, petiole-like attenuate or hastate, sparsely pilose. Cauline leaves attenuate. Synflorescence racemiform. Heads with 3 flowers. Involucre at flowering cylindrical; outer involucral bracts ovate, 2.0-4.0 mm long, 1.0-1.4 mm wide, subacute; inner involucral bracts obovate or linear-oblong, 9.0-11.0 mm long, 1.0 mm wide, obtuse. Corolla ligulate, bluish purple. Achenes brown, truncate or rounded. Pappus white, fragile; inner pappus 5.0-6.0 mm.

Based on: Bano R. & Qaiser M. 2009: A new species and a new combination of Prenanthes L., (Lactuceae-Asteraceae) from Pakistan and Kashmir in: Pak. J. Bot. 41(5): 2087-2091.


Asia-Temperate: AfghanistannativeA,B,C Asia-Tropical: PakistannativeA,C,D


A. Bano R. & Qaiser M., A new species and a new combination of Prenanthes L. (Lactuceae-Asteraceae) from Pakistan and Kashmir in Pakistan J. Bot. 41(5): 2087-2091. 2009 (as Prenanthes aitchisoniana (Beauverd) Roohi Bano & Qaiser)
B. Breckle S.-W. & al., Vascular plants of Afghanistan, an augmented checklist. 2013 (as Cicerbita aitchisoniana)
C. Rechinger K. H., 20. Prenanthes - 29. Lapsana in Fl. Iran. 122: 180-223. 1977 (as Cicerbita aitchisoniana Beauverd)
D. Ghafoor A. & al., Flora of Pakistan 222. Asteraceae (IV) Cichorieae. 2017 (as Melanoseris aitchisoniana)