Common name: Golden Thistle
Scolymus hispanicus L. APNI*
Description: Biennial or perennial to 80 cm high, ± hairy.
Leaves 4–20 cm long, 1.5–7 cm wide; basal leaves oblanceolate, soft, pinnatisect with a few spines, long-petiolate; cauline leaves rigid, linear-oblong to ovate, sinuate-pinnatifid, spinose.
Heads in a narrow panicle; heads 5–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts lanceolate, acute, with or without a few hairs; receptacle scales narrowed at apex.
Achenes 3–5 mm long, clavate; pappus of a few rigid hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of pastures and wasteland, in the Mildura and Mudgee districts. Native of Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS, *SWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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