slender winged thistle
Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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Wings of upper stem < 2mm wide between clusters of teeth; capitula shortly pedunculate or subsessile, in terminal clusters of 2-3-(5), also solitary, sessile, and axillary on stems; involucral bracts with midvein raised in upper 1/2.
S. and S.E. Europe, N.W. Africa
carduus: From the Greek word kardos which means thistle.