Aster flaccidus
ID for Leh Flowers 38 a-b : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2) 
Please confirm the identity of this plant. Is it by any chance Aster flaccidus 

Aster flaccidus from me
Yes. I was about to write A. tibeticus when I discovered it is synonym of A. flaccidus subsp. flaccidus var. flaccidus. I have several specimens from the area.
Unid from Ladakh - TQ-Ladakh-06:  A low-ground plant (wild) found in Ladakh, in June.
Altitude 4500-5000 m.
My vague guess would be Saussurea.
Please identify
For me also this looks like one of the Saussurea species, but not the Brhmakamal.
Looks like Saussurea only. I tried two matches S. andryaloides and S. roylei, but they don's match exactly. The leaves seem to be much broader in our plant. Here is the important paper that should help.
Sir can it be some aster species as the leaves are more like those in the Genus Aster.
I can't reconcile to the large strongly hairy bracts on the outside of the head. I can't decide about their morphological nature. Never heard about them in Aster.
I hope Saussurea gnaphalodes but not sure
S. gnaphlodes has heads in a cluster, and they are smaller. Here we have single large terminal head. The head seems to be closed, but we can see indication of yellowish ray florets, but then strongly hairy involucre bracts (??).
... says that this is just Aster flaccidus before it blooms.
With the picture in the following link, I feel that could be correct:
Also we found it close to where Aster flaccidus was blooming.
I think yes. Thanks ... for first suggesting Aster