Echinops Echinatus Descriptive Essay

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ativePhoto:Ravi Vaidya
Common name: Indian Globe Thistle • Hindi: Utakatira, Oontkateli, Gokhru • Marathi: Utkatar, Kate-chendu • Telugu: Brahmadandi • Kannada: Brahmadande • Urdu: Untkatara • Gujarati: Utkanto, Shuliyo

Botanical name:Echinops echinatus    Family:Asteraceae (Sunflower family)


Indian Globe Thistle is an erect branched herb about a meter high. It has short, stout stems, branching from the base, covered with white cottony hair. Alternately arranged oblong, deeply pinnatifid leaves are 7-12 cm long. Flower-heads occur in solitary white spherical balls, 3-5 cm across. Petals of the tiny white flowers are 5 mm long. Flowers are surrounded by straight, strong, white bristles. Flowering: December-January.


Identification credit: Ravi Vaidya Photographed in Maharashtra.

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