Senecio vulgaris from Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

Jul 8, 2010, 2:32:34 AM7/8/10
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Senecio vulgaris L. from Kashmir, growing as weed in fields and flower beds, mostly in semishaded areas. Easily differentiated from other species by its annual habit, black-tipped phyllaries and absence of ray florets. 
This plant coincidently was the beginning of my training in plant taxonomy. This plant was given to us as a specimen for practical examination, Our teacher had identified it as Sonchus sp., so when I sat for describing plant (I had habit of describing plants from original, and not from memory) I found only disc florests. We were given Hooker's Flora of British India to identify the genus from key, and though I found problem in matching Sonchus, which has only ray florets, I managed to identify this as Sonchus, simply because our teacher had earlier identified the plant as such. 
  When I joined research, my doubts led me to study this plant as the first one, as it was growing very commonly in our campus, and soon identified it as Senecio vulgaris, and reported it as first record of the species from our state, perhaps my first publication.   

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089


tanay bose

Jul 8, 2010, 8:18:53 AM7/8/10
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A a long belated best wished to you !!

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Rashida Atthar

Jul 8, 2010, 9:30:45 AM7/8/10
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Thank you sir for sharing these pictures, and your academic contribution and explanations of this species.   

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