Indian Globe Thistle / Camel’s Thistle (Oont katara/ Oont kateli)/ Brahmadandi (Brahma’s stick!) (Echinops echinatus) is a thorny erect plant of the wastelands with short stout stems that branch from the base and are covered with white cottony hair. Tiny white flowers appear during December-April on solitary white spherical (‘Globular’) balls and are guarded by straight, strong needle-like bristles. The foliage is coarse and thistly. Camel’s thistle is hardy and drought tolerant. The thistle has medicinal properties and is used to treat skin itching, as a diuretic and a nerve tonic. Above all, for the believers, praying to this potent plant saves one from the evil spells cast by tantrics!
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