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Stemless carline thistle

Carlina acaulis


Carlina acaulis (Stemless carline thistle, Dwarf carline thistle, or Silver thistle) is a perennial dicotyledonous flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe.[1] The common names are descriptive of the manner that its flower head rests directly upon a basal leaf rosette.


It prefers chalky soils and dry pastures in environments from valleys up to an altitude of 2,800 m.


The rhizome contains a number of essential oils, in particular the antibacterial carlina oxide.[3] The root was formerly employed in herbal medicine as a diuretic and cold remedy.[4] While young, the flowerhead bud can be cooked and eaten in a similar manner to the Globe artichoke, which earned it the nickname of hunter's bread.

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Stemless carline thistle
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pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Daniele for the ID.

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Spotted on Aug 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 9, 2012

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