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Pentacalia arbutifolia  (Kunth) Cuatrec.;  Asteraceae o Compositae

Arbustos de hasta 2 m de alto. Las hojas son alternas, de menos de 1 cm de largo, gruesas, brillantes en la superficie superior, los bordes con dientes pequeños. La inflorescencia tiene cabezuelas pequeñas, cada una de hasta 1,5 cm de diámetro. Las flores son de dos tipos: las externas (± 10) presentan una lengüeta angosta de hasta 8 mm de largo, de color amarillo pálido o crema, las internas (± 20) son tubulares y con 5 dientes, de color amarillo pálido o amarillo verdoso. Los frutos tienen una corona de pelos sedosos, 8 mm de largo, de color blanco.

Distribución: Ecuador. En el PNC es común en remanentes de bosques y en el páramo de pajonal.

Shrubs up to 2 m tall. The leaves are alternate, less than 1 cm long, thick, glossy above; the margins have small teeth. The inflorescence has small heads, each up to 1.5 cm in diameter. The flowers are of two types: the external (± 10) are strap-shaped, narrow, up to 8 mm long, pale yellow or cream, the internal (± 20) are tubular and with 5 teeth, pale yellow or greenish yellow. The fruits have a crown of white silky hairs, up to 8 mm long.

Distribution: Ecuador. In CNP it is common in the patches of forest in the grass páramo.

 
 
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