Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads: Pluchea lanceolata from Delhi-GS11

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Gurcharan Singh

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Jun 5, 2013, 9:49:35 AM6/5/13
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Pluchea lanceolata (DC.) C. B. Clarke
Syn: Berthelotia lanceolata DC.

Photographed from Delhi.

While trying to identify species of Pluchea in India we must be looking at least at seven names. The two species earlier 
considered distinct with winged stem due to decurrent leaf bases (P. ovalis) or without winged stems but distinctly auricled
leaf bases (P. tomentosa) have now been merged into one P. ovalis. 

1. Heads solitary or few, 8-12 mm across,  not in corymbs; involucre bracts 
    subulate-lanceolate, rigid.................................................................................P. arguta Boiss.
1. Heads many in compound corymbs, less than 8 mm across; outer involucre 
   bracts not rigid.................................................................................................(2)     

2. Leaves sessile, decurrent on stem (to make it winged) or auricled at base; outer
    involucre bracts acute.........................................................................................P. ovalis DC.
2. Leaves sessile or subsessile, neither auricled at base, nor decurrent on stem........(3)

3. Plants of salt marshes; leaves subsessile, obovate or oblanceolate, subserrate, 
    often gland-dotted; outer involucre bracts rounded at tip; disc florets less than 7;
    pappus white......................................................................................................P. indica Less.
3. Plants terrestrial; leaves not gland-dotted; disc florets more than 10.......................(4)   

4. Leaves 12-20 cm long, linear with recurved margin, nerves obscure..........................P. linearifolia Cl.
4. Leaves shorter than 10 cm long, not linear, flat, nerves distinct................................(5)

5. Tall shrub up to 2 m tall; leaves elliptic to obovate-oblong, faintly toothed, tips
    not pungent; outer involucre bracts ovate, acute....................................................P. wallichiana DC.
5. Low shrub mostly less than 1 m tall; leaves oblong to oblanceolate, mostly 
    entire, tip mucronate and pungent; outer involucre bracts oblong, obtuse, 
    purple at tip.......................................................................................................P. lanceolata (DC.) Cl.


   

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D.S Rawat

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Jun 8, 2013, 5:55:55 AM6/8/13
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Conyza paniculata Willd. is now Pluchea paniculata (Willd.) Karthik and Moorthy; which makes it another species in this genus.
DSRawat Pantnagar

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Jun 10, 2013, 6:11:52 AM6/10/13
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Key words for easy retrieval later on  by non botanists including me :
pluchea key Gurcharan Singh


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J.M. Garg

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Apr 22, 2015, 1:11:04 AM4/22/15
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Thanks, Singh ji.

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J.M. Garg

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Apr 22, 2015, 1:16:13 AM4/22/15
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Hi, Rawat ji.
As per GCC, there are two species of Conyza paniculata

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D.S Rawat

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Apr 22, 2015, 2:08:50 AM4/22/15
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Garg Ji
Karthikeyan et al.(2009) shifted a species (originally published as Conyza paniculata Willd.) to Pluchea genus but this was not accepted by GCC. Rather, GCC accept the shifting of this species to Blumea genus by M.R.Almeida in 2001 thus making it as Blumea paniculata (Willd.) M.R.Almeida. TPL 2013 also accepts the same shifting.
Obviously Pluchea paniculata (Willd.) is not an accepted species in this genus.
DSRawat Pantnagar

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amitsetiya09

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Feb 13, 2017, 2:58:01 AM2/13/17
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Hello Sir
Happy to see Pluchea lanceolata growing wild and that too as a weed. As per our study in central India, it has been estimated as near threatened. For further study, we need seeds of these plant and some exact GPS locations. So, asking for the help herewith. 
Your reply is solicited!


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Amit Vijay Setiya
Department of Botany,
Government Science College, Gadchiorli. M.S. India
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