Botanical name: Eryngium billardieri Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Billardiere's Eryngo is a plant growing up to 50 cm tall. Leaves are pinnately divided, with margin spiny. Stem leaves are stalkless. Involucre of 6-8 bracts alternate with spines. Bract margins are entire to spiny - bracts 2-3 times longer the flowers. Bractlets are about 1 cm long, longer than the flowers. Sepal-tube is scaly - scales lanceshaped to ovate, white. Sepals are lanceshaped to ovate, with a needle-like point, as long as the sepal. Styles are long. Fruit is scaly.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Billardiere's Eryngo is ...