Western Ghats Camel Thistle
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Western Ghats Camel Thistle
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Western Ghats Camel Thistle • Marathi: दहाण Dahan
Botanical name: Tricholepis amplexicaulis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Western Ghats Camel Thistle is an erect annual herb, growing up to 1-2 m tall. Stout stem is angled and ribbed. Alternately arranged, stalkless leaves, 7-12 cm long, are linear-oblong, and have toothed margin with spines in them. Flower-heads, 2-5 cm across, occur singly on stout peduncles at the end of beanches. The peduncles also have leafy bracts. The involucre, or the rounded base of the flower-head, is broad and densely covered with spines. Flowers are light purple in color. Western Ghats Camel Thistle is occasionally seen in the grasslands in the Western Ghats. Flowering: December.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Pravin Kawale Photographed in Maharashtra.

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