Oval-Leaf Camel Thistle
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Oval-Leaf Camel Thistle
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Oval-Leaf Camel Thistle, Oval-Leaf Tricholepis
Botanical name: Tricholepis roylei    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Oval-Leaf Camel Thistle is a rare and little-known plant found in parts of Himachal Pradesh. It is a shrubby plant with branches, leaf-undersides and leaf-stalks densely covered with cottony velvet-hairs. Leaves are about 7.5 x 3.5 cm, elliptic or ovate pointed, toothed, hairless above. Leaf-stalks are about 8 mm long. Flower-heads are large, pink, borne singly at branch ends, 5 cm across, carried on stout stalks. The cup of the flower-head is broadly bell-shaped, cottony. Bracts are very numerous, outer appressed small ovate with appressed spiny tips, innermost linear-lanceshaped 2.5 cm long with softer, somewhat curved tips. Oval-Leaf Camel Thistle is found in Western Himalaya. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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