Echinops echinatus

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  • Botanical Name : Echinops echinatus Roxb.
  • Common Name : Utkant, Shudiyo, Indian Globe Thistle
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Echinops echinatus Plant :

  • Habit : A much branched, rigid, spiny, herb with spreading branches full of white cottony hairs.
  • Leaves : Sessile, oblong, deeply pinnatifid, lobes triangular, with big spines about an inch long, lower surface with white cottony wool.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers in big white balls, spiny, solitary, flowers bisexual, all fertile.
    • Involucres surrounded by strong white bristles or sharp spines.
    • Corolla regular, tubular, 5-fid, anther with tails.
  • Fruit : Cypselas with short, yellow, brush-like pappus over it.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - January
  • Significance :
    • The plant is bitter, stomachic, stimulate the liver, tonic.
    • The root is aphrodisiac.