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]
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.
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