Taxon  Report   2130 
Cirsium fontinale  (Greene) Jeps.  var. fontinale 
Fountain thistle
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2011 Scott Cox
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Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

It is listed by the State of California as Endangered and by the Federal Government as 'Endangered '.

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Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2007 Toni Corelli
Genus: Cirsium
Parent Record Cirsium fontinale
Chaparral, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian
Habitat: seeps, openings
Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   6.1 (strict endemic)   [Safford et al 2005]
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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Aug 18, 2018).

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