131698 DWARF THISTLE Cirsium acaule (Asteraceae) Height to 5cm
Creeping and flattened perennial with a characteristic rosette of extremely spiny leaves. Grows in short grassland on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 3-5cm across, with reddish purple florets; heads are usually stalkless (Jun-Sep). FRUITS have feathery pappus hairs. LEAVES are pinnate with wavy, spiny lobes. STATUS-Locally common only in S and E England and S Wales; scarce or absent elsewhere.