Taxon  Report   1504 
Carduus pycnocephalus  L.
Italian thistle
Carduus pycnocephalus
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
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Carduus pycnocephalus
© 2001 CDFA
Carduus pycnocephalus, a dicot, is an annual 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 pycnocephalus
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Genus: Carduus
Subspecies and Varieties:
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed [Walker]
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Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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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:   (Accessed: Oct 22, 2016).

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