Himalayan Thornless Thistle
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Himalayan Thornless Thistle
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Himalayan Thornless Thistle • Hindi: Murang, Kaliziri, Batula
Botanical name: Jurinea heteromalla    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Himalaiella heteromalla, Saussurea candicans, Saussurea heteromalla

Himalayan Thornless Thistle is a perennial herb commonly found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 550-4000 m. Flower-heads are erect, pinkish-purple, borne on long cottony stalks in open clusters on stems 2-5.5 ft. Flower-heads are 1.5-2 cm long, with bracts lanceshaped, long-pointed. Upper leaves are oblong, entire or toothed. Lower ones are mostly deeply lobed, white cottony beneath, 6-20 cm long. Flowering: March-August.
Medicinal uses: Leaf paste with mustard oil is rubbed on leucoderma and wounds. Root extract is taken for fever and colic. The seeds are carminative and used for horse-bites.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed at Naukichiatal, Uttarakhand.

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