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DWARF THISTLE Cirsium acaule (Asteraceae) Height to 5cm<br />
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.
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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.

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Date: 1 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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