Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
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Read more about Coastal Tall Thistle at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21 (2006)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-25-009:
Carduus nuttallii FAMILY Asteraceae__
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Coastal Tall Thistle, Nuttall's Thistle
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Keith Bradley kab_c_nuttallii_02301
April Miami-Dade County FL
Its conspicuous involucre is less than 1" tall, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_cirsium_nuttallii
Involucres subtend a mass of pale pink to nearly cream disk flowers, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
COMPARE involucral bracts of Thistles
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA & SC (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins spiny
Disc: Pale pink/ Nearly cream/ Lavender
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