Taxon  Report   2149 
Cirsium scariosum  Nutt.
Dwarf Thistle,  elk thistle
Cirsium scariosum, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Cirsium scariosum
© 2005 Christopher L. Christie
Cirsium scariosum
© 2006 Steve Matson
Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Southern Oak Woodland
Genus: Cirsium
Subspecies and Varieties:
Cirsium scariosum var. americanum
Cirsium scariosum var. citrinum
Cirsium scariosum var. congdonii
Cirsium scariosum var. loncholepis
Cirsium scariosum var. robustum
Cirsium scariosum var. scariosum
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Carduus americanus
PLANTS: Cirsium erosum
PLANTS: Cirsium kelseyi
PLANTS: Cirsium lacerum
PLANTS: Cirsium magnificum
PLANTS: Cirsium minganense
PLANTS: Cirsium oreophilum
PLANTS: Cirsium quercetorum var. citrinum
PLANTS: Cirsium scariosum var. scariosum
PLANTS: Cirsium scariosum var. thorneae
PLANTS: Cirsium tioganum var. coloradense
PLANTS: Cirsium tioganum var. tioganum
PLANTS: Cirsium tioganum
PLANTS: Cnicus drummondii var. acaulescens
PLANTS: Cnicus tioganus
PLANTS: Cirsium drummondii var. oregonense
PLANTS: Cirsium drummondii var. acaulescens
PLANTS: Carduus coloradensis
PLANTS: Cirsium ×erosum
PLANTS: Cirsium acaule var. americanum
PLANTS: Cirsium acaulescens
PLANTS: Cirsium americanum
PLANTS: Cirsium butleri
PLANTS: Cirsium coloradense ssp. acaulescens
PLANTS: Cirsium coloradense ssp. longissimum
PLANTS: Cirsium coloradense
PLANTS: Cirsium congdonii
PLANTS: Cirsium drummondii ssp. lanatum
PLANTS: Cirsium drummondii ssp. latisquamum
PLANTS: Cirsium drummondii ssp. vexans
XWALK: Cirsium foliosum
XWALK: Cirsium drummondii
 Information about  Cirsium scariosum  from other sources:

Nursery availability and horticultural info on CNPLX

Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images

website references on Google

Jepson eFlora (TJM2)

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation. on the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

Search the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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: Mar 28, 2015).

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