Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

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Carlina corymbosa

Carline en corymbe
Clustered Carline Thistle

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

20-30 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Pinnatisect

Height

10-90 cm

Description

A characteristic of the Carline thistles is that the flower heads have only disk florets. What seem like ray florets are in fact the inner bracts, stiff and golden in colour and surrounding the disk florets. The outer bracts resemble leaves and are very spiny.

Flowers

The yellow disk florets at the end of the stalk are surrounded by thorny bracts.

Leaves

Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib. Deeply lobed almost to central midrib. Each lobe, oblong, wider in the middle and pointed with spiny edges.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of small, 1-seeded fruit, each with feathery yellow hairs, 2.5 mm long.

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