Common name: Globe Artichoke
Cynara scolymus L. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 2 m high, ridged, cobwebby.
Leaves to 80 cm long, 40 cm wide; segments ovate to linear-lanceolate; lower leaves petiolate; uppermost sessile; upper surface glabrescent, lower surface cobwebby, viscid.
Heads ovoid to globose; outer involucral bracts ovate to triangular with a suberect emarginate or cuspidate appendage; inner bracts oblong with a scarious, mucronate appendage. Corolla purplish blue. Style long-exserted, base of stigma branches glabrous.
Achenes 6 mm long; pappus of long unequal hairs, usually 3–4 cm long, dark brown.
Flowering: recorded December
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized in scattered localities from Munmorah to the Griffith area. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT, *CWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *W.A.
A declared noxious weed in some shires of the State.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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