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Genus: Cirsium

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

About 250 species, found in temperate regions of Europe and America. Two species have become established in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Cirsium arvense

 

Cirsium vulgare (Scotch Thistle)

Disseldoring, Skaapdissel, Skotsedissel, Wildekarmedik [Afrikaans]; hlaba, ntsoa-ntsane [South Sotho]

A declared Category 1 invader plant in South Africa. See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 446; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 194; Karoo wildflowers by David Shearing & Katryn van Heerden p. 152.

 
 
 

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