Saussurea schultzii Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 366 (1881) (syn: Theodorea schultzii (Hook.f.) Kuntze);
N. Pakistan to W. Himalaya and W. Tibet as per POWO;

Images by Sayed Nudrat Zawar, ID by Gurcharan Singh, Pankaj Kumar, Srikant Ingalhalikar, Saroj Kasaju and J M Garg

ID for Leh Flowers 33 a-c : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)

Please identify this plant

This is Saussurea obvallata the Brahma Kamal!!

Nice catch of Saussurea obvallata

I don’t this to be S. obvallataLeaves are linear oblong and scarcely toothed.  Bracts are pink (not green) short and partially covering densely crowded purple heads. The flower stalks are also short. This may be S. bracteata, a threatened species in W. Himalayas.

I doubt that… Leaves are just dried and curled up.

… appears to be correct: heads partially visible and black involucre bractsS. bracteata.

Thanks for the info. I got it confirmed from … that it is Saussurea bracteata.

Congrats … You have captured a rare Saussurea. Could you kindly tell us the exact locality where this plant was growing?

Thanks … for validating my ID. Let me guess the location also, Khardung La.

This will be Saussurea schultzii as per discussions at Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra::Saussurea inversa NSJ-OCT 16/11


POWO  Catalogue of Life (Saussurea bracteata DC.)  The Plant List Ver.1.1  GCC  GBIF (High resolution specimens) High resolution specimen  High resolution specimen 2  Flora of China
Saussurea species in Indian Himalayan Region: Diversity, distribution and indigenous uses– Jitendra Singh Butola & S. S. Samant- January 2010 International Journal of Plant Biology 1(1)

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