Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 41 

Aster flaccidus Bunge

Region: Talas Oblast  Talas Rayon
Gazetteer: north-west of Otmök Pass 
Coordinates: 42º17'28'' N, 73º06' E  Alt: 3554m 

15cm high plant. Leaves in a basal rosette, cauline light green, entire and hairy. Stem hairy dark purple. Capitula solitary. Ray florets long, light purple. Tubular florets yellow. Phyllaries dark green hairy.
Alpine mountain ridge with Polygonum (Bistorta), Dracocephalum, Rhodiola, Erigeron, Androsace, Sibbaldia, Poaceae.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.25, V. L. Komarov. Leaves wide conspicuously 3 veined. Phyllaries hairy with woolly multicellular hairs (black and white). Corolla lobes of disc florets hairy or glandular. Ligulate florets flat to rolled in a tube. Cypsela flat slightly hairy. Pappus of two conspicuous rows, outer one shorter. 
Ancillary Collections: DNA, photos 

Borosova, R. 41                12 July 2008

morphological details

capitulum capitulum phyllaries phyllaries phyllaries surface phyllaries surface

ligulate florets ligulate florets

corolla tube corolla tube

staminal column and style staminal column and style

receptacle receptacle

cypsela cypsela

pappus pappus

leaf leaf

leaf surface leaf surface

stem indumentum stem indumentum

Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher