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Cirsium scariosum Nutt.
meadow thistle

General Information
Symbol: CISC2
Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Duration: Biennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
CAAM19 Carduus americanus (A. Gray) Rydb.
CACO52 Carduus coloradensis Rydb.
CIAC3 Cirsium acaulescens (Rydb.) K. Schum.
CIACA Cirsium acaule All. var. americanum A. Gray
CIAM4 Cirsium americanum (A. Gray) K. Schum.
CIBU3 Cirsium butleri (Rydb.) Petr.
CICO2 Cirsium coloradense (Rydb.) Cockerell
CICO3 Cirsium congdonii J.W. Moore & Frankton
CICOA Cirsium coloradense (Rydb.) Cockerell ssp. acaulescens (Rydb.) Petr.
CICOL Cirsium coloradense (Rydb.) Cockerell ssp. longissimum (A. Heller) Petr.
CIDRA Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray var. acaulescens (Rydb.) J.F. Macbr.
CIDRL Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray ssp. lanatum Petr.
CIDRL2 Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray ssp. latisquamum Petr.
CIDRO Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray var. oregonense Petr.
CIDRV Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray ssp. vexans Petr.
CIER2 Cirsium ×erosum (Rydb.) K. Schum. (pro sp.), database artifact
CIER4 Cirsium erosum (Rydb.) K. Schum.
CIKE Cirsium kelseyi (Rydb.) Petr.
CILA4 Cirsium lacerum (Rydb.) Petr.
CIMA3 Cirsium magnificum (A. Nelson) Petr.
CIMI Cirsium minganense Vict.
CIOR Cirsium oreophilum (Rydb.) K. Schum.
CIQUC4 Cirsium quercetorum (A. Gray) Jeps. var. citrinum Petr.
CISCS Cirsium scariosum Nutt. var. scariosum
CISCT Cirsium scariosum Nutt. var. thorneae S.L. Welsh
CITI Cirsium tioganum (Congd.) Petr.
CITIC Cirsium tioganum (Congd.) Petr. var. coloradense (Rydb.) Dorn
CITIT Cirsium tioganum (Congd.) Petr. var. tioganum
CNDRA Cnicus drummondii (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray var. acaulescens Rydb.
CNTI Cnicus tioganus Congd.


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae – Aster family
Genus Cirsium Mill. – thistle
Species Cirsium scariosum Nutt. – meadow thistle

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
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Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West FAC
Great Plains FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FAC



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Description of Values

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