Cirsium wallichii DC., 643 1838. (syn: Cirsium macracanthum Sch.Bip.; Cirsium nepalense DC.; Cirsium nepalensis DC.; Cirsium wallichii var. fasciculatum (Hook.f.) Raizada; Cirsium wallichii var. platylepis (Hook.f.) Aswal & Mehrotra; Cirsium wallichii var. wallichii ; Cirsium wallichii var. wightii (Hook.f.) Vivek.; Cnicus argyracanthus var. nepalensis (DC.) C.B.Clarke; Cnicus wallichii (DC.) C.B.Clarke; Cnicus wallichii Hook.f.; Cnicus wallichii var. cernua Hook.f.; Cnicus wallichii var. fasciculatum Hook.f. (unresolved); Cnicus wallichii var. nepalensis (DC.) Hook.f.; Cnicus wallichii var. platylepis Hook.f. (unresolved); Cnicus wallichii var. wallichii ; Echenais ferox Edgew. ex C.B.Clarke);
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Afghanistan to Indian Subcontinent: Afghanistan, East Himalaya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, West Himalaya as per POWO;
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Common name: Wallich’s Thistle • Hindi: Bungsee • Nepali: थकाल Thakal, kanta
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Similar to Cirsium verutum but having yellow to white heads, and inner involucre bracts with dilated tips.
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Thistle plant easily differentiated by white or pale pink flower heads in which tips of inner involucre bracts are not spiny, rather dilated; also spines are confined to margins of leaf at ends of lobes and not on its surface. Taller plant often reaching 2.5 m in height; leaves irregularly pinnately lobed, sessile, usually cottony on lower surface, tips of lobes with strong long spines; heads 2-4 cm across, solitary or clustered, white or pale pink; outer involucre bracts lanceolate ending in rigid spreading spines, inner with dilated tips.
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Images by  Aarti S Khale (Id by Gurcharan Singh)

Thistle for ID : Kashmir : 091011 : AK-3:  Also taken at Gulmarg, Kashmir on the 11th of Sept,11.
Shrubs growing along the roadside.



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Cirsium wallichii DC.

syn: Cnicus wallichii (DC.) C B Clarke
Similar to Cirsium verutum but having yellow to white heads, and inner involucre bracts with dilated tips.

Photographed from Kashmir.



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PLant for ID 17072013 CS1 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Please help in identification of this compositae weed from Srinagar


Cirsium wallichii



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Cirsium wallichii DC. from Kashmir:  Cirsium wallichii DC., ; Prodr. 6: 643, 1838

Syn: Cnicus wallichii (DC.) C. B. Clarke; Cirsium nepalense DC.
Thistle plant easily differentiated by white or pale pink flower heads in which tips of inner involucre bracts are not spiny, rather dilated; also spines are confined to margins of leaf at ends of lobes and not on its surface. Taller plant often reaching 2.5 m in height; leaves irregularly pinnately lobed, sessile, usually cottony on lower surface, tips of lobes with strong long spines; heads 2-4 cm across, solitary or clustered, white or pale pink; outer involucre bracts lanceolate ending in rigid spreading spines, inner with dilated tips.
Common in wastelands and roadsides. Photographed from Narbal, along Srinagar Gulmarg Road. 

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AKOCT29 Is this Cirsium falconeri ? : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.

Location: Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh


Heads are too small for C. falconeri. I should be C. wallichii, notice broadened tips of involucre bracts



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HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID – Asteraceae :: ARKDEC-12 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

Requesting to please provide ID of this Asteraceae member captured near Manali, HP in October 2014.


Cirsium wallichii


thanks … but would not you too like to see the lower leaves and their surface ?


It is Cnicus argyracanthus.


Thank you … for the feedback…

As per the plant list, Cnicus argyracanthus (var. nepalensis) as suggested by … is a syn. of Cirsium wallichii.



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Unid. plant : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.

please identify this plant from Uttarakhand.


Cirsium wallichii I hope

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Thistle for ID : Kashmir : 091011 : AK-1: Picture taken at Patni Top, Udhampur, Kashmir on the 5th of Sept, 11.
Shrubs growing on the mountain slope.
Could this be Cnicus wallichii….or Wallich’sThistle?



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Here i am attaching an image of Interaction
Symbiosis – West Himalayan Common Windmill Butterfly (Byasa polyeuctes letincius) on Cirsium wallichii flower.
Photographed at Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh
Dated – 29June2018

Is there some book which can give details/identification about plant species in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Nepal, Kashmir?

Wanted to know about angiosperms of all these regions.
May be something like Jungle trees of Central India.

I do not think there is any such book. Mostly there are local floras without many images. However, … will guide us better.



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Circium wallichii from Manali : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Uploading Circium wallichii from Manali. Differes from C. falconeri in upper surface of leaves without spines, smaller heads and dilated inner involucre bracts without spines.


Cirsium falconeri (Hook.f.) Petr.  as per other threads by Gurcharan Singh ji


I was prompted to check postings of Cirsium falconeri on eFI as I mentioned the species in images of the habitat of Inula royleana I have just posted.

Sorry, I have doubts about whether this is C.falconeri, which I shall be posting images of from Kashmir.  Shall come back to these images and comment further.  Must try to stick to concentrating on Inulas FIRST!   But attention should always be drawn to possible, probable or definite misidentifications, at the earliest opportunity.


This was identified in error, It is C. wallichii, flattened inner involucre bracts without spines or very small spiny tips, smaller heads are distinctive. Moreover C. falconeri grows above mostly 2800 m alt.



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A plant for i.d. : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 3 authors.
Photo Taken near Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh


Should be a Cirsium species


Thanks! It is a Cirsium or Thistle. Can it be a C. canum?


I think C. wallichii, inner involucre bracts with dilated tips, without spines, is distinctive and found in only species. It is found in adjoining Sikkim and Nepal



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This herb was observed near Pangot region Sub Himalayas
Any Tricholepis sp.??

I don’t think Tricholepis

Carduus onopordioides or Cirsium verutum. Photograph showing stem should help. 



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Cirsium wallichii DC. SN April 04 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).  
Cirsium wallichii DC, Fam Asteraceae
wild herb from Nigiri hills area of Tamilnadu, altitude is around 2000m


Cirsium wallichii I don’t think has winged stem. To me it looks like Carduus sp.

Achenes pappus would solve the confusion.

efi thread 2


I too agree it is Carduus sp, but species identity needs to be confirmed. If anybody have clarity in this taxon kindly help.


I think only Cirsium wallichii DC. is reported from tamil Nadu as per details at Cirsium and Carduus
It appears close.


Of all the species of Carduus listed in India, none is reported from South India. Only Carduus tenuiflorus is mentioned to have been introduced in India as per CoL, but which states is not clear. 


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SK 3015 04 October 2021: 1 very high res. image.
Location:Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2327m.
Date: 17 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Cirsium wallichii DC. ??


I think Cirsium wallichii DC. as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Cirsium.


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SK 3006 01 October 2021: 1 very high res. image.
Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 15000m.
Date: 16 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Which Cirsium… ???


I think Cirsium wallichii DC. as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Cirsium.


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