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Taxon  Report  
Carduus nutans  L.
Musk thistle,   Nodding plumeless thistle
Carduus nutans is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: Moderate
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one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Carduus
Family: Asteraceae  
Category: dicot  

Wetlands:
Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCarduus macrocephalus
PLANTSCarduus macrolepis
PLANTSCarduus nutans ssp. leiophyllus
PLANTSCarduus nutans ssp. macrocephalus
PLANTSCarduus nutans ssp. macrolepis
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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]. 2022. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 08/13/2022).