Indian Globe Thistle
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Indian Globe Thistle
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Common name: Indian Globe Thistle • Hindi: Utakatira, ऊँट कंटेली Oont kanteli, Gokhru • Marathi: Utkatar, Kate-chendu • Telugu: Brahmadandi • Kannada: ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡಿ Brahmadandi, ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡೆ Brahmadande, ಕಂಟಾಳ Kantaala • Urdu: Untkatara • Gujarati: Utkanto, Shuliyo
Botanical name: Echinops echinatus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Indian Globe Thistle is an erect branched herb about a meter high. It has short, stout stems, branching from the base, covered with white cottony hair. Alternately arranged oblong, deeply pinnatifid leaves are 7-12 cm long. Flower-heads occur in solitary white or bluish spherical balls, 3-5 cm across. Petals of the tiny white flowers are 5 mm long. Flowers are surrounded by straight, strong, white bristles. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in IIT Campus, Jodhpur, Rajasthan & Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

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