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Tricholepis radicans (Roxb.) DC., Prodr. 6: 584. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 381. 1881. Carduus radicans Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 408. 1832.

Kan.: Kusube gida.

Annuals, much branched, 15 - 50 cm high, slender, glabrous smooth or scaberulous; branches decumbent or erect, angular, stout. Leaves linear, obovate, oblong or spathulate, remotely irregularly toothed or pinnatifid, 2.5 - 8 x 1.5 - 2.5 cm, membranous; teeth mucronate or with pointed bristles. Heads 1.2 - 1.6 cm across; peduncles slender. Outer involucral bracts acicular; inner more lanceolate. Receptacular bristles longer than achenes. Corolla lilac, ca 8 mm long. Achenes pale or shining, ovoid or oblong, compressed, ca 5 mm long, smooth, truncate. Pappus hairs pale brown, scabrid.

Fl. & Fr. Sept. - Jan.

Distrib. India: On rocky ground, usually on mountain slopes or as weed of cultivated fields. Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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