Totally Thistle

aprilann

Joined August 2011

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Wildflower thistle HDR 3 shots with tripod – Canon Rebel T3i 600D
This thistle image was taken in Sherman, Texas, USA near the Woodmen’s Circle Home.
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Cirsium texanum Buckl.
Texas thistle
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonyms: Carduus austrinus, Cirsium texanum var. stenolepis
USDA Symbol: CITE2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The Texas thistle grows 2-5 feet tall, without branches, or sparingly branched near the top. The numerous leaves are alternate, 4-9 inches long, smaller on the upper third of the stem. Leaves are green above and white below, with a woolly texture on the underside. The irregular lobes have spines at the tip but few elsewhere on the leaf. There is 1 flower head to a stem, with no ray flowers but numerous disk flowers, which are deep rose-lavendert.

Bumblebees work the flowers when they mature.

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