Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Cirsium undulatum (Nutt.) Spreng. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Robert R. Kowal
Family Asteraceae
Cirsium undulatum (Nutt.) Spreng.
wavy-leaved thistle
Cirsium: derived from the Greek kirsion, "a kind of thistle;" also cirsos meaning "a swollen vein" for which thistle was once a remedy
undulatum: wavy
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Status: Introduced - adventive
Plant: perennial, 1'-4' tall, stout forb; stems covered with dense whitish fuzz; usually branched taproots sending up more than one stem
Flower: head 1"- 1 1/2" wide with pink to purple disk flowers; inflorescence of many heads in loose clusters; blooms June-Sept.
Fruit:dry seed, becoming slimy when wet on fluffy, feathery-divided pappus
Leaf:underside with whitish fuzz, pinnately-divided or with coarse teeth
Habitat: sun; prairies, hills, railroads; in well drained soil
Notes: similar to C. flodmanii

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Flora of North America (off site)
Carduus helleri Small
Carduus megacephalus (A.Gray) Nutt.
Carduus undulatus Nutt.
Cirsium helleri (Small) Cory
Cirsium megacephalum (A.Gray) Cockerell
Cirsium ochrocentrum A.Gray var. helleri (Small) Petr.
Cirsium undulatum (Nutt.) Spreng. var. megacephalum (A.Gray) Fernald
Cirsium undulatum (Nutt.) Spreng. var. undulatum
Cnicus undulatus (Nutt.) A.Gray
Cnicus undulatus (Nutt.) A.Gray var. megacephalus A.Gray

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