Taxon  Report   1503 
Carduus nutans  L.
Musk thistle,  Nodding plumeless thistle
Carduus nutans
© 2007 Steve Matson
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Carduus nutans
© 2007 Thomas Stoughton
Carduus nutans
© 2009 Barry Breckling
Carduus nutans, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Moderate

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Carduus nutans
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
Genus: Carduus
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed
Wetlands: Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in non wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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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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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 20, 2018).

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