Carduus

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Carduus
Carduus nutans (Musk Thistle)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Asterales
Family:Asteraceae
Subfamily:Carduoideae
Tribe:Cynareae
Genus:Carduus
L.
Species

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Carduus
Carduus nutans (Musk Thistle)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Asterales
Family:Asteraceae
Subfamily:Carduoideae
Tribe:Cynareae
Genus:Carduus
L.
Species

See text.

Carduus is a genus of about 90 species of thistles in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Carduus is Latin for a thistle.[1]

Carduus thistles are used as food plants by the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera species, including the Thistle Ermine (Myelois circumvoluta) and the case-bearer Coleophora therinella.

Selected species
Hybrids

Chardonnay

Cardonnacum, derived from carduus, is Latin for a place with thistles. This is believed to be the origin for the name of the Burgundy village of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, which in turn is thought to be the home of the famous Chardonnay grape variety.

References

  1. ^ Charlton T. Lewis (1890). "cārduus". An Elementary Latin Dictionary. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0060%3Aentry%3D%232129. 
  2. ^ Young, T.P.; M.M. Peacock (1985). "Vegetative key to the alpine vascular plants of Mount Kenya". Journal of the East African Natural History Society 185: 1–9. 
  3. ^ Beentje, Henk (2000). Compositae, Part 1 (Flora of Tropical East Africa). Kew Botanical Garden. 

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