Common name: Globe Thistle
Echinops sphaerocephalus L. APNI*
Description: Erect herb, stems 0.5–2 m high, simple or branched, tomentose.
Leaves oblong-elliptic to ovate in outline, 15–25 cm long, 3–10 cm wide, segments triangular to lanceolate with short slender spines, upper surface glandular-pubescent, lower surface white-tomentose; basal leaves petiolate; cauline leaves sessile and auriculate.
Compound heads 15–20 mm diam.; bristles surrounding involucral bracts shorter than or as long as the bract. Corolla white or greyish.
Achene length not known; pappus fused for basal two-thirds.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites in the Gulgong-Orange area. Native of Eur., Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *CWS
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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