Botanical name: Tricholepis amplexicaulis Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Dahan 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. This herb is occasionally seen in the grasslands in the Western Ghats. Flowering: December.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Dahan is ...