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Carlina acanthifolia subsp. cynara (Pourr. ex DC.) Arcang., 1903

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Carlina acanthifolia subsp. cynara (Pourr. ex DC.) Arcang., 1903
Common names: Golden thistle, Acanthus-leaved Thistle [En], Carline à feuille d’acanthe, Cardabelle [Fr], Gouddistel [Nl], Akanthusblättrige Eberwurz, Dornrose, Sonenrose, Wetterrosen [De], Carlina zolfina [It], Καρλίνα η ακανθόφυλλος [Gr]

Endemic subspecies

Puitvert, AUDE ● France

Description: Bisannual or perennial plant, stemless, forming a large flat handsome rosette of spiny-toothed, pinnatifid leaves which are velvety white-hairy beneath and sometimes also above. Flowerhead sessile in the centre of the rosette, to 12 cm or more in diameter, with straw-yellow bracts, summer to autumn.
Two subspecies are know:
C. a. subsp. acanthifolia All. – Present in Southern and Eastern Europe (Southern Europe, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, North Greece, Western Turkey), mainly in the mountains on open stony slopes.
C. a. subsp. cynara (Pourr. ex DC.) Arcang. – The floral bracts are lemon-yellow and the pinnatisect leaves always glabrous above. Only in the Pyrenees, southern France and northern Apennines.

Biology: Flowering from July to September.

Habitat: Stony places, pastures and rocks on poor soils in mountainous areas.

Distribution: Pyrenees, southern France and northern Apennines.

References:
Plants For A Future
Alpine Garden Society




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