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(Cirsium vulgare, fam. Asteraceae)

Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare
Erect robust spiny annual herb to 1.5m. Stems cottony hairy, furrowed with spiny wings that are a continuation of the leaf bases.
Form or habit: Herb
Leaf:Simple Basal

Initially in a basal rosette, then alternate, dark green bristly above, white woolly below, ovate in outline up to 450 x 100mm, deeply lobed. Lobes and leaf tips ending in sharp spines.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Pink
Flower description:Pinkish purple in fluffy terminal heads surrounded by spiny bracts, 30-50mm in diameter.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Grey
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: ‘Seeds’ 3-5mm long, flat, smooth, grey with longitudinal darker markings, topped with numerous feather-like bristles 20-30mm long.
Food source for:
Origin:Europe, Asia and Northern Africa
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: ‘Seeds’ dispersed by wind, water or mud.
Invades: Common in crop and non-crop areas on fertile soils.
Notes: Not palatable to stock. Incorrectly called Scotch Thistle in Queensland.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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