Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 197 

Erigeron allochrous Botsch.

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

10cm tall herb. Leaves in a basal rosette of linear, greyish hairy leaves. Phyllaries in several rows. Capitulum to 5cm across. Ligulate florets purple female. Tubular florets bisexual and orange. Cypsela with white scabrous pappus hairs. Pappus as long as the florets.
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. Small rosette plant with solitary capitulum to 10cm tall. Capitula to 35mm in diameter, ligulate florets to 20mm long violet, ligule flaccid. Ligules rolled in a tube when fading ? Phyllaries in 2-3 rows, unequal with unicellular hairs. Tubular florets with glabrous corolla lobes. Anthers without appendages at base. Cypsela densely hairy, pappus of long white scabrous hairs plus a few short ones at the base. Receptacle pitted, alveoles with wavy margin. Very difficult to observe any difference with Aster alpinus or A.flaccidus. Difficult group. 
Ancillary Collections: DNA, photos, seeds 

Landrein, S. 197                12 July 2008

morphological details

flowers flowers corolla corolla ligulate florets ligulate florets

phyllaries phyllaries

phyllaries phyllaries

receptacle receptacle

tubular floret tubular floret

pappus pappus

corolla tube corolla tube

staminal column and style staminal column and style

leaf surface leaf surface

stem stem

seed pictures
cypsela cypsela cypsela surface cypsela surface pappus pappus
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flowering plant
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

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