Peninsular Camel Thistle
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Peninsular Camel Thistle
ative Photo: Sanjay Nagaonkar
Common name: Peninsular Camel Thistle • Marathi: लहान Lahan • Kannada: Mundagoose, Kusube gida
Botanical name: Tricholepis radicans    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Carduus punctatus, Carduus radicans, Carduus glaber

Peninsular Camel Thistle is a small prostrate annual herb, growing up to only 10-15 cm high. The plant is branched from the base, and the branches are leafy. Alternately arranged stalkless leaves are 3-5 cm long, obovate, and bristle pointed. Flower heads on erect grooved stalks. Flower tube is 1 cm long, tubular and purple. A swollen, ovoid covering of bracts appears prominently belowe the flowerhead. Peninsular Camel Thistle is found mostly in Peninsular India, but also in Eastern India.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale, Satish Phadke Photographed in Mizoram & Karnataka.

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