Carduus L.

Pope, G.V. (1992) Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1)

Description of the genus

Perennial or annual herbs. Stems erect, simple, or branched above, usually spiny-winged. Leaves usually decurrent on the stem, usually pinnatifid, spinescent at the margins. Capitula discoid, in dense terminal clusters, sometimes solitary. Involucre globose or campanulate; phyllaries imbricate in many series, margins entire scabrous or ± ciliate (serrate or fimbriate). Receptacle flat or convex, pitted, densely setose. Corolla purple, pink or white, deeply 5-lobed. Fruit achenes glabrous, ovate-oblong, somewhat angled with a raised annular collar at the apex, attachment-scar basal; pappus many-seriate of scabrid setae united at the base.

Worldwide: 95 species, most native to Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Canary Islands.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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nyassanus (S.Moore) R.E.Fr. EMcDescription, Image

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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carduus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Carduus
Wikipedia: Carduus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carduus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carduus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Carduus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1915, retrieved 2 February 2023

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