Tragopogon gracilis

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Tragopogon gracilis

Tragopogon, also known as goatsbeard or salsify, is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family. It includes the vegetable known as salsify, as well as a number of common wildflowers.

Vernacular

 

Family

Asteraceae

Description

Tragopogon gracilis illustration
Herbs to 20(-30) cm tall, perennial. Caudex stout.
Stems few, simple, slender, erect, glabrous.
Basal and lower cauline leaves lanceolate-subulate, 7-15 × 0.2-0.4 mm, margin sometimes adaxially rounded.
Capitulum solitary; peduncle not inflated. Involucre 1.8-2.3 cm at anthesis, to 3.5 cm in fruit. Phyllaries 5-7, shorter than florets and ± equaling achenes with pappus. Ligules bicolored, abaxially with a pink or mauve spot, adaxially yellow. Outer achenes 1.3-1.8 cm; body pale brown, slightly curviform, 1.3-1.6 mm in diam., slightly tuberculate, with small (to 40-50 µm in diam.) hollows in pericarp; beak slender, 5-7 mm. Pappus dirty white, 1.5-2 cm. Fl. and fr. Apr-Jun. 2n = 12, 24.

Distribution

A perennial herb found in irrigated fields in Zhob, Ziarat, and Quetta. 1400 to 2800 meters.
Mountain slopes, river terraces; 2500-3500 m. Xinjiang, Xizang [Afghanistan, N India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan].
Tragopogon gracilis

Tragopogon gracilis
Picture location: Agriculture Extension Directorate Quetta.
Courtesy:
Flora of Balochistan – Pakistan
Flora of Pakistan


Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu (techurdu.net) Forestrypedia (forestrypedia.com), All Pak Notifications (allpaknotifications.com), Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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