Echinops echinatus Roxb., 1832. (syn: Echinops spinosus Herb. Madr. ex Wall.; Serratula indica Russ. ex Wall.; Sphaerocephalus echinatus (Roxb.) Kuntze);
Jammu & Kashmir, India (widespread, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra), Pakistan (Sind, Karachi, Baluchistan, Kurram, Pakistani Punjab, etc.), Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur, Hunza, Baltistan), Burma (widespread) as per Catalogue of Life;
indian Globe Thistle • Hindi: Utakatira, Oontkateli, Gokhru • Marathi: Utkatar, Kate-chendu • Telugu: Brahmadandi • Kannada: Brahmadande • Urdu: Untkatara • Gujarati: Utkanto, Shuliyo;


Herb for ID : SPC-026 : 28-11-2012 : Baroda:
Please help to id this spiny herb (around 3 – 4 feet high) in a dry region near Baroda.

Looks like Echinops echinatus.


Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Echinops echinatus from Maihar MP:

Echinops echinatus from Maihar MP
Growing wild in waste lands bank of a pond and also near fields
Pls validate

Yes, surely E. echinatus.


Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid Heads: Echinops echinatus from Trilokpur- NS 19 : Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
This xerophytic, spinous shrub was shot from near Trilokpur in Haryana, I hope this should be Echinops echinatus Roxb.



Plant for ID : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.
This plant was growing on road side in Bandhavgarh.
May I request you to please help in ID.

I hope Echinops cornigerus

For me it looks like Echinopsis echinatus

Yes, this should be Echinops echinatus….

Satara, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation :: ARKNOV-01 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Requesting to please validate ID of this plant captured near Satara, Maharashtra in October 2014.
Is this Echinops echinatus?

Yes it is Echinops echinatus Roxb.


Need id of following compositae plant : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

I need id of following Compositae plant.
Locality: JNU Campus Forest, New Delhi (part of Aravali Forest)
Date: 22/04/2014

Echinops echinatus, Indian globe thistle

Sir, many many thanks for your id assistance


at Tiwai Hill, near Chas-kaman dam- Feb.’09?; at Bhandardhara hill and also in scrub forest at Ahmednagar in November; Plant 7& 9 – indiantreepix | Google Groups is it Echinops echinatus – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Request for ID of spiny herb 28AUG2009SNP – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Request for species id DKV 120415 – 1: Location Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Request for species id.
Is this some species related to Mexican Poppy (Argemone mexicana)
Seen and photographed in Indore by fellow nature lover …

Echinops echinatus, from Asteraceae

Agreed with … It is Untkatara. Link

Yes, This is Echinops echinatus Roxb., a dry habitat plant..


Please help me to identify this plant found near a remote village near Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. The height was about two feet.
Date: 07 March 2012
Time: 4: 30 PM
Locale: 11.65710 N; 76.70553 E
Altitude: 985 M ASL
Google Doc


eflora of india:
Location-Gulbarga, Karnataka
Please find id

This is Echinops echinatus.

Agreed with … My pictures for comparison and link to Ecoport record

Thank you … These are mine.

Thanks … Once it was associated with Osama for his kidney related troubles.

This is member of Family: Asteraceae
Botanical Name: Echinops echinatus Roxb.


Spiney shrub for Id – 030112 NS 1- From Pune:
This spiney shrub was photographed on 02.01.12 , at, Bhugaon, Pune.
Plz Id.

May be Echinops echinatus

Echinops echinatus. Common in dry sandy soil areas of the eastern coast.

it certainly looks lik Echinops echinatus / Indian Globe Thistle.
I think flower on the spherical ball r yet to bloom. Isnt it ?

yes it is Echinops echinatus, common on dry places or rocky places… an highly medicinal plant


PM 29-06-2018 Asteraceae member id from Sirsa, Haryana : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
id requested
a spiny asteraceae herb found growing in barren/ wasteland place
Location- Sirsa Haryana
Date – april 2016

To me it looks like Echinops echinata, in its vegetative phase, wait for heads to confirm..

Yes. The ID is correct. Many in open fields on the outskirts of Mysore city.



Echinops echinatus from Trilokpur- H.P.:
This is Echinops echinatus Roxb. shot from Near Trilokpur Temple, H.P. in April 2011

Yes … Really nice photographs


Shrub for id pelase:
Location: Maidenahalli, Karnataka
saw only one of these plants… prickly leaves as well as flowerheads.

Echinops echinatus may be

Agreeing with … id: Echinops echinatus.

Nice photo of Indian Globe Thistle (Echinops echinatus).



Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads:: Echinops echinata SMP19 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.
Echinops echinata
Pune Maharashtra.

Echinops echinatus in FOI : 6 posts by 3 authors.
Image of Echinops echinatus in FOI by … should be of Echinops sphaerocephalus as per images, details and references herein.
I request … to pl. correct.

According to Plants of the World Online, Echinops sphaerocephalus L. is not distributed in India at all!
I presume the pics on FOI were clicked in the wild.

pictures at FOI are certainly from wild.

Whether spines conspicuously rising out of flower head is a feature differentiating E. echinatus from another species, or is just a variation – needs checking.
The Echinops sphaerocephalus L. arose with my post of Echinops for validation at facebook.
From the discussion, it looked like the species is found in north-western parts of India.
Hope we reach to correct ID.

I am certain about it as I created the page Echinops sphaerocephalus after detailed search. Pl. check references herein.
Somebody needs to publish it to finally make these records for India.

Corrected now.

id : 5 posts by 4 authors. 3 images.
pl help to identify. photos taken at Hisar. night time.

Echinops echinatus

I endorse the ID by …


Echinops Species : Nasik : 08DEC20 : AK-15: 3 images.
Seen growing wild.
Echinops echinatus?

Echinops echinatus Roxb.??

I too agree with you both you

Thistle for ID : Nasik : 15DEC21 : AK – 16: 4 images.
A wild plant in Nasik.
Pictures taken in Dec, 20.

Echinops echinatus Roxb.


Asteraceae: Echinops echinatus Roxb.: 1 high res. image
synonym: Serratula indica Russ. ex Wall.
location/date: Chikaldara, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Amravati Distr.,  Maharashtra, November 1994