60. Ligularia brassicoides Handel-Mazzetti, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 69: 118. 1938.
芥形橐吾 jie xing tuo wu
Plants grayish green. Stem erect, 45-70 cm tall, ca. 7 mm in diam. at base, hollow, glabrous, except white arachnoid-puberulent in synflorescence. Basal leaves petiolate; petiole to 15 cm, glabrous, base sheathed, upper winged; leaf blade oblong or ovate, 17-30 × 6.5-17 cm, glabrous, pinnately veined, midvein robust, with white prominent reticulate veins on both surfaces, base cuneate, narrowed into a petiole, margin denticulate, apex obtuse. Middle to distal stem leaves sessile, oblong, to 14 × 4 cm, smaller distally, reticulate veins conspicuous, base semiamplexicaul or tubular-amplexicaul, apex obtuse. Synflorescence racemose, to 26 cm, initially densely clustered, elongating in fruit; leaflike bracts linear, shorter than peduncle, supplementary bracts subulate, shorter; peduncles 4-5 mm. Capitula numerous. Involucre shallowly campanulate, 6-8 × to 6 mm wide, outside shortly pilose; phyllaries 6-8, in 2 rows, black, ovate or oblong, rarely glabrous, apex triangular; inner phyllaries densely white ciliate and brown membranous at margin. Ray florets 5 or 6, yellow; lamina oblong, 8-10 × ca. 3 mm. Tubular florets numerous, ca. 7 mm; tube slightly shorter than limb. Pappus white, as long as tubular corolla. Fl. Jul.
● Grassy slopes; 2600-3100 m. SW and W Sichuan.