--- On Thu, 8/21/08, Pravin Kawale <kawale...@gmail.com> wrote:
--- On Thu, 8/21/08, J.M. Garg <jmg...@gmail.com> wrote:
> With regards,
> "We often ignore the beauty around us"
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Saussurea is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to cool temperate and arctic regions of Asia, Europe, and North America, with the highest diversity in alpine habitats in the Himalaya and central Asia. Common names include saw-wort and snow lotus, the latter used for a number of high altitude species in central Asia.
They are perennial herbaceous plants, ranging in height from dwarf alpine species 5-10 cm tall, to tall thistle-like plants up to 3 m tall. The leaves are produced in a dense basal rosette, and then spirally up the flowering stem. The flowers form in a dense head of small capitula, often completely surrounded in dense white to purple woolly hairs; the individual florets are also white to purple. The wool is densest in the high altitude species, and aid in thermoregulation of the flowers, minimising frost damage at night, and also preventing ultraviolet light damage from the intense high altitude sunlight.
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