Taxon  Report   1503 
Carduus nutans  L.
Musk thistle,  Nodding plumeless thistle

Carduus nutans
© 2007 Steve Matson
Carduus nutans, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.
The California Invasive Plant Council classifies its potential impact on native ecosystems as moderate   (plant profile / CalWeedMapper).

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Carduus nutans
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
Genus: Carduus
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed [Walker]
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
(according to)

PLANTS: Carduus macrocephalus
PLANTS: Carduus macrolepis
PLANTS: Carduus nutans ssp. leiophyllus
PLANTS: Carduus nutans ssp. macrocephalus
PLANTS: Carduus nutans ssp. macrolepis
PLANTS: Carduus nutans ssp. nutans
PLANTS: Carduus nutans var. leiophyllus
PLANTS: Carduus nutans var. macrocephalus
PLANTS: Carduus nutans var. vestitus
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation. on the
International Plants Names Index

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2015. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Nov 27, 2015).

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