Lanceleaf Camel Thistle
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Lanceleaf Camel Thistle
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Lanceleaf Camel Thistle, Stewart's Camel Thistle
Botanical name: Tricholepis stewartii    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Lanceleaf Camel Thistle is a very distinctive plant, with rigid leafy branches, with stalkless, lanceshaped leaves about 4 cm long, rather leathery, with tapering tips. Leaves are quite hairless, veins are not prominent, and the edges are minutely toothed. Flower-heads are 2.5 cm across, carried on short stalks. Involucral bracts are needle-shaped, from an ovate woolly base. Inner ones are up to 2 cm long. Pappus is 8 mm long, pale, brown. Lanceleaf Camel Thistle is found in Pakistan, West Himalaya.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed in Paddar valley, Jammu and Kashmir.

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