Smooth Camel Thistle
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Smooth Camel Thistle
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Smooth Camel Thistle, Smooth Tricholepis • Bengali: ছাগলদণ্ডি chhagaladandi, বামনদণ্ডি vamanadandi • Gujarati: બ્રહ્મદંડી brahmadandi, ફુસિયારૂં phusiyarun, તલકાંટો talakanto • Hindi: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi • Kannada: ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡೆ brahmadande • Konkani: ब्राह्मण दंडी brahman dandi • Marathi: ब्रह्मदंडी brahmadandi, दहाण dahan • Rajasthani: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmdandi • Sanskrit: अजदण्डी ajadandi, ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi, कंटपत्रफला kantapatraphala Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Tricholepis glaberrima    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Smooth Camel Thistle is a small annual herb, growing up to 50-100 cm tall, with ribbed and angled branches. Alternately arranged stalkless leaves, 3-6 cm long, are linear-opblong, sharp tipped, spiny toothed. Pink flower-heads occur singly on stalks at the end of branches. The bracts on the green portion of the flower-head, are pointed, needle-like, recurved. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed on NH8 (near Navghar), Maharashtra.

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