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MUSK THISTLE Carduus nutans (Asteraceae) Height to 1m<br />
Upright and elegant biennial. The stems are cottony, mainly with spiny wings although stalks below flowers are spine-free. Grows in dry, grassy areas including verges and dunes. FLOWERS are carried in rayless heads, 3-5cm across, with reddish purple florets and purplish, spiny bracts; heads are solitary and nodding (Jun-Aug). FRUITS have unbranched hairs. LEAVES are pinnately lobed and spiny. STATUS-Locally common only in England and Wales; scarce or absent elsewhere.
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MUSK THISTLE Carduus nutans (Asteraceae) Height to 1m
Upright and elegant biennial. The stems are cottony, mainly with spiny wings although stalks below flowers are spine-free. Grows in dry, grassy areas including verges and dunes. FLOWERS are carried in rayless heads, 3-5cm across, with reddish purple florets and purplish, spiny bracts; heads are solitary and nodding (Jun-Aug). FRUITS have unbranched hairs. LEAVES are pinnately lobed and spiny. STATUS-Locally common only in England and 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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