Snow-White Globe Thistle
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Snow-White Globe Thistle
ative Photo: Jagdish Chandra Arya
Common name: Snow-White Globe Thistle
Botanical name: Echinops niveus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Snow-White Globe Thistle is a spiny herb with simple stem, densely cottony. Leaves are up to 20 cm long, bipinnately cut, divided into linear spiny segments, margins recurved, densely cottony beneath. Flower-heads are spherical, 6-8 cm across, spines not projecting. Outer involucre bracts are few, spoon-shaped, spine-tipped, inner fused when mature, 2-3 cm long. Snow-White Globe Thistle is found in Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, at altitudes of 1400-1700 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Champawat distt. & Mussoorie-Chakrata Road, Uttarakhand.

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