Himalayan Teasel
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Himalayan Teasel
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Teasel • Hindi: फूली Phulee • Nepali: बन कर्याल Ban Karyaal, मूलापात Moolaapaat, बनमूला Banamoolaa
Botanical name: Dipsacus inermis    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Dipsacus asper

Himalayan Teasel is a robust perennial herb with opposite entire or palmately lobed leaves. The plant can be easily identified by its solitary round flower-heads on long, leafless, channeled flowering stems. Stem is 1-6 ft tall, smooth or with scattered prickles. Flower-heads are creamish- white, 2-3 cm across, with 6-8 spreading linear to ovate green bracts. Actual tiny flowers are funnel-shaped, with 4 equal petals. Leaves are 8-30 cm long, elliptic, toothed or with a few distant coarsely toothed lobes, the middle lobe largest. Fruit is 8-ribbed, crowned with cup-shaped sepal-cup. Himalayan Teasel is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 1400-4100 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Govindghat-Ghanghria route & Surkanda Devi, Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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