Neobrachyactis anomala

Neobrachyactis anomala (DC.) Brouillet (syn: Aster menthodorus (Benth.) R. Govaerts; Brachyactis anomalum (DC.) S. Kitam.; Brachyactis indica C. B. Cl.; Brachyactis menthodora Benth.; Erigeron anomalus DC.);

Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), Pakistan (Sind, Hazara), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Darjeeling), Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, S-Tibet, W-Tibet as per Catalogue of Life;


 
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Asteraceae Fortnight Part I-Radiate Heads: Erigeron for id from VOF- NS 55 : Attachments (13). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This robust species of Asterceae was shot from way to Valley of Flowers from Ghanghariya... wanted to know the id.. previously identified as Erigeron alpinus... wanted to reconfirm.. interestingly flowers show resemblance with those of Eclipta alba... will be happy to get id..
Brachyactis robusta as per earlier discussions in efi.
Yes ... It was a very interesting long thread in which it was almost decided as Myriactis wallichii till I noticed large foliaceous bracts characteristic of Brachyactis.
Erigeron acris var. multicaule as per another thread.
As per another thread:
"Neobrachyactis pubescens (Candolle) Brouillet, Fl. China. 20-21: 573. 2011.
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=250097863" from ...
It is correct that the synonym of Erigeron acris var. multicualis is Erigeron alpinus var. multicualis. Ergigeron acis var. multicualis has been mentioned the recently published Flora of Gangotri National Park Western Himalaya by Dr.P.K. Pusalkar and D.K. Singh. The authority has been mentioned in the book is as Erigeron acris var. multicaulis ( Wall.ex DC) C.B. Clarke, Compas. Ind.:53.1876; Hajra in Hajra & al. Fl. India, 12:118.1995. Erigeron multicaulis Wall. ex DC., Prodr.5: 292. 1836. E. alpinus var. multicaulis ( Wall.ex DC.). Hook f.,Fl. India 3: 255.1881. The images of Erigeron alpinus var. multicaulis and Brachyactis pubescens now Neobrachyactis pubescens is also attached.
Can it be Brachyactis anomala (DC.) Kitam. as per High resolution specimen at GBIF ?
Flora of Bhutan gives the following details:
B. anomala ( DC.) Kitamura;
Stems 30 50cm. purple. finely pubescent. Basal leaves ovate; blade 2.5-6 * 2-4cm. obtuse. +/-  truncate at base. crenate. glabrescent; petiole4-10cm. Cauline leaves lanceolate with broad-winged petiole to panduriform. sessile. 3—8 >< 1- 2.5cm. acute or subobtuse. shortly decurrent at base. crenate to coarsely serrate. finely pubescent (mostly glandular} on both laces. lnvolucres c 4mm diameter at base; phyllaries linear-lanceolate. 6 8 >< l l.5min. mostly glandular pubescent. Ray flowers c 35- 40: corolla tubes 3.5mm; ligule white. later turning purplish. 3.5 >< 0.2-0.5mm. simple. deeply divided or irregularly 2-3-toothed. Disc flowers c 7-1-; corolla yellowish. 5-6 mm. Achenes 3 >< 1 mm; pappus brownish. inner series c 4.5mm. outer series usually c 1 mm.   
Bhutan: C ~ Thimphu district (Pumo La): Darjeeling: Phalut. Singalila: Sikkim: Boktak. Ktlpup. Tsomgo etc. Open grassy slopes. 3050-4100m. August-October.
Check out Myriactis wallichii
I do not think it matches with herbarium specimens at GBIF
After lot of exploration I too finally think that it should a Bractyactis species. Some involucral bracts becoming large like leaves is an unmistakable character. Neobrachyactis anomala is the closest identification, in my opinion. The distribution and altitude also agrees with it. Please see the following links:


 
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VOF Week: Herb for Id from the Valley 2012: This one was shot from the main valley?...which Composite is
this...the plant was nearly half a meter in height....
May be Myriactis sp??
Too much close up of Aster albescens ?
I think this is Erigeron alpinus.
Wonderful catch!
..., do you have a picture of the lower leaves?
Sharing the photograph of same sp.
May be this pic of any help
The leaves of Erigeron alpinus are supposed to be oblong to spoon-shaped. I think your plant agrees well with that.
Wow ..., Look at the similarity of your picture with that taken by ...:
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Alpine%20Fleabane.html
Thanks a lot ... for getting to ID....I have this picture of a leaf...not the basal one though..
Erigeron alpinus, although described in some older Indian Floras, as understood now occurs in Europe, Africa and in Asia only in Caucasus.
Most Indian varieties in FBI are now treated differently, even the type variety as per Enumeration of Flowering Plants of Nepal:

Fora of British India mentions Erigeron alpinus, and also many varieties. Frank Smythe, in his book, The Valley of Flowers, also report collecting Erigeron alpinus. However, I am aware of the fact that this will be some variety of Erigeron alpinus, although I have no clue which one. My casual opinion was Erigeron kumaunensis, without any good reason.
Any help on that will be appreciated.
I am thinking Erigeron alpinus var. multicaulis - small flower-heads, not solitary...
Here is a reply from Bernhard Dickore, the German botanist who identified Cotoneaster adpressus for us:
"your plant is Myriactis wallichii (while there remain some problems in this genus as well). Erigeron is a horror in the Himalayas, numerous names for few species only, E. alpinus does not occur in the Himalayas at all."
Thanks ... for efforts and Bernhard Dickore for identification help... should I take this as Myriactis wallichii, if our experts are convinced?
No question of this plant being Myriactis wallichii. I wonder how can we believe a species which has often been treated as synonym of M. nepalensis (differing just by shorter habit, smaller heads, linear ray florets, elliptic-lanceolate leaves) can be so different. The large foliaceous bracts outside the head are very distinctive as are longer involucre. We should be looking for a different genus.
Large foliaceous bracts are characteristic of Brachyactis genus. I suggest Brachyactis robusta for above plant.
Erigeron acris var. multicaule as per another thread.
Not to get confused
The two are quite distinct.
Brachyactis is a very distinct genus from Erigeron with outer involucre bracts being foliaceous. Above plant is Brachyactis pubescens (DC.) Aitch. & Clarke (syn: B. robusta Benth.) is now known as Neobrachyactis pubescens (DC) Brouillet, Fl. China. 20-21: 573. 2011.
Erigeron multicaulis is very distinct without foliaceous bracts. It is now known as Erigeron acer var. multicaulis (Wall. ex DC.) C. B. Clarke, (Not acris which is a totally different species).
http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/gcc-93955
ID of this plant is still elusive. Hope to resolve it
please check it may be Duhaldea nervosa
Looks somewhat different from images at Duhaldea nervosa (Wall. ex DC.) Anderb.
You can confirm it by exmining its anthers. If it is Duhaldea its pollen must be with truncate emarginate apical anther appendage.
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Can it be Brachyactis anomala (DC.) Kitam. as per High resolution specimen at GBIF ?
Flora of Bhutan gives the following details:
B. anomala ( DC.) Kitamura;
Stems 30 50cm. purple. finely pubescent. Basal leaves ovate; blade 2.5-6 * 2-4cm. obtuse. +/-  truncate at base. crenate. glabrescent; petiole4-10cm. Cauline leaves lanceolate with broad-winged petiole to panduriform. sessile. 3—8 >< 1- 2.5cm. acute or subobtuse. shortly decurrent at base. crenate to coarsely serrate. finely pubescent (mostly glandular} on both laces. lnvolucres c 4mm diameter at base; phyllaries linear-lanceolate. 6 8 >< l l.5min. mostly glandular pubescent. Ray flowers c 35- 40: corolla tubes 3.5mm; ligule white. later turning purplish. 3.5 >< 0.2-0.5mm. simple. deeply divided or irregularly 2-3-toothed. Disc flowers c 7-1-; corolla yellowish. 5-6 mm. Achenes 3 >< 1 mm; pappus brownish. inner series c 4.5mm. outer series usually c 1 mm.   
Bhutan: C ~ Thimphu district (Pumo La): Darjeeling: Phalut. Singalila: Sikkim: Boktak. Ktlpup. Tsomgo etc. Open grassy slopes. 3050-4100m. August-October.
Check out Myriactis wallichii- from ... in another thread.
I do not think it matches with herbarium specimens at GBIF

Erigeron alpinus from the way to Hemkund sahib
Pls validate
I don't think Erigeron alpinus which is a shorter plant with solitary heads. Also it does not grow in India. See my not in another thread.
I too agree with ... The habit of Erigeron acer which is more closely related to E. alpinus and is found in India is very different from the plant in the photo.
your plant is Myriactis wallichii (while there remain some problems in this genus as well). Erigeron is a horror in the Himalayas, numerous names for few species only, E. alpinus does not occur in the Himalayas at all.
No question of this plant being Myriactis wallichii. I wonder how can we believe a species which has often been treated as synonym of M. nepalensis (differing just by shorter habit, smaller heads, linear ray florets, elliptic-lanceolate leaves) can be so different. The large foliaceous bracts outside the head are very distinctive as are longer involucre. We should be looking for a different genus.
Not sure i collected it from chordhar very long ago it is found among bushes. and send to identife to ... Dr ... identified it as Brachyactis robusta but doutful.
One thing looks very clear, the outer few involucre bracts are very large and almost leafy not found in Aster or Erigeron, a feature characteristic of Brachyactis. I think Brachyactis robusta should be the logical choice.
Erigeron acris var. multicaule as per another thread.
Neobrachyactis pubescens (Candolle) Brouillet, Fl. China. 20-21: 573. 2011.


 
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The long outstanding species now been confirmed. This species of Erigeron oftenally mis identified due to present phylarres. and considered Brachyatis robusta
I think you mean to say that species earlier identified as Brachyatis robusta in the following threads from ... & ..., should be Brachyactis pubescens Aitch. & Clarke:
Pl. confirm.
The species earlier identified as Brachyactis robusta syn. B. Pubesense is actualy Erigeron acris var. multicaule.The images of Brachyactis pubesence and Erigeron acris var. multicaulae stands submitted through my previous thread. However i am sending again for easy.
Thanks, ...,
I could not find any match for Erigeron acris var. multicaulae. I think you mean Erigeron acer var. multicaulis (Wall. ex DC.) C. B. Clarke as per Flora of Nepal
In that case, the following post by ... has to be revisited:
Further replies from another thread:
"Not to get confused
The two are quite distinct.
Brachyactis is a very distinct genus from Erigeron with outer involucre bracts being foliaceous. Above plant is Brachyactis pubescens (DC.) Aitch. & Clarke (syn: B. robusta Benth.) is now known as Neobrachyactis pubescens (DC) Brouillet, Fl. China. 20-21: 573. 2011.
Erigeron multicaulis is very distinct without foliaceous bracts. It is now known as Erigeron acer var. multicaulis (Wall. ex DC.) C. B. Clarke, (Not acris which is a totally different species).
This controversy is now of long standing. Whereas after photographing the second plant from Chakrata area I am inclined to accept that second plant is in fact Brachyactis pubescens, the first plant is still a mystery. It seems to be the same as uploaded by ... from Valley of flowers.
We have to compare these plants with my upload from Kashmir
Only one of the two can be E. acer var. multicaulis, the first one with larger broader leaves, shorter peduncles and large foliaceous outer involucre bracts and second (from Kashmir) with narrower leaves, long peduncles and important shorter and narrower ivolucre bracts.
Here is the image of true E. acer var. acer for comparison
I have tried to seek solution from Indian Flora (Facebook) but no help
Important to mention that in FBI Clarke had differentiated var. multicaulis on the basis of mainly stems branched from base and heads on long peduncles.
Hope to get solution soon.
I find it difficult to ignore short peduncles and foliaceous bracts in your (and ... photographs). Another comparison with E. acris (now considered synonym of E. acer).
Please note involucre bracts.
Here are my specimens collections from Kashmir valley during student days.


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