Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Carduus nutans L. image
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Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann

S. Kelly Kearns
Family Asteraceae
Carduus nutans L.
musk thistle, nodding plumeless thistle, nodding thistle
Carduus: the classical Latin name for thistle
nutans: nodding or drooping, usually the flowers
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Plant: erect, biennial, 1'-7' tall forb; stems often spiny-winged
Flower: head 1 1/2"-3" wide with pink disk flowers; inflorescence usually a solitary, often nodding head at the ends of the branches on long, smooth stalks; blooms June-Oct.
Fruit:4-angled, dry seed on fluffy, but not feathery pappus
Leaf:deeply lobed
Habitat: disturbed areas, roadsides
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Carduus nutans L. subsp. leiophyllus (Petrovic) Stoj. & Stefani
Carduus nutans L. var. leiophyllus (Petrovic) Arènes

         
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