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Genus: Carduus (thistles)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Cynareae

The 91 species are native to Eurasia, the Mediterranean region and East Africa. Carduus tenuiflorus and Carduus macrocephalus are introduced weeds in southern Africa.  

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).

Carduus macrocephalus


Carduus tenuiflorus



  • Kazmi, S.M.A. 1963-1964. Revision der gattung Carduus (Compositae). Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssamlung München 5: 139-198, 279-550.


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