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Thistle of Canada by AnnDixon
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Taken on Vancouver Island BC Canada

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle’s flowerheads.
The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean exactly those plants in the tribe Cynareae (synonym: Cardueae), especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum. However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and if this is done thistles would form a polyphyletic group.
Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland.

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Comments

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Great read and lovely tones

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    lovely shot xx

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillover 1 year ago

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ LOVE Thistles!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    >blows kiss<

    Jan

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture…love the color!!

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 1 year ago

    Fabulous capture. Great clarity and detail, Ann.

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    great work Ann!

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful capture, it’s been ages since i’ve seen a thistle

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful, Ann

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the
    TOP TEN of our “All Prickles” challenge!!

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