Taxon  Report   1503 
Carduus nutans  L.
Musk thistle,  Nodding plumeless thistle
Carduus nutans
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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.
It is an invasive plant. 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
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Carduus
Communities:
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed [Walker]
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
More information about  Carduus nutans
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation (ITIS)

USDA PLANTS Profile (CANU4)

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Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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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]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Aug 31, 2016).

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