Botanical name: Saussurea roylei Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Aplotaxis roylei
Royle's Saw-Wort is a rather slender plant with a solitary dark-purple flower-head at the top of a 15-40 cm long stem. Leaves are long, narrow, entire, prominently white-woolly beneath. They are quite variable, linear to lanceshaped, long-pointed, sometimes with triangular lobes. They are mostly 8-15 cm long. Flower-head is erect 3.5-4 cm across, with involucral bracts narrow lanceshaped, woolly-haired. The stem also has a few clasping leaves. Royle's Saw-Wort is commonly found in W. Himalayas, at altitudes of 3000-4300 m. Flowering: July-September.
Identification credit: Krishan Lal
The flower labeled Royle's Saw-Wort is ...