Onopordum tauricum


Sp. Pl. 3: 1687. 1803

Common names: Taurian thistle bull cottonthistle
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 88. Mentioned on page 87.
Plants 50–200 cm, herbage glandular-puberulent, sticky throughout. Stems: wings 0.5–2 cm wide. Leaves 10–30 cm, margins shallowly to deeply 1–2-pinnatifid, with 6–8 pairs of acutely triangular lobes, thinly arachnoid tomentose when young. Heads mostly borne singly at branch tips. Involucres ± spheric, 20–50 mm diam (excluding spines), base truncate to concave. Phyllaries lanceolate, bases 3–4 mm wide, glabrous or glandular-puberulent, sometimes ± cobwebby-tomentose, spines to 4 mm. Corollas purplish pink, 25–30 mm. Cypselae 5–6 mm; pappi of many whitish to tan, scabrous or minutely barbed bristles 8–10 mm. 2n = 34 (Russia).

Phenology: Flowering summer (Jun–Sep).
Habitat: Grasslands, arid woodlands, riparian areas, roadsides, agricultural lands
Elevation: 600–2200 m



Calif., Colo., s Europe, sw Asia.


Taurian thistle is a noxious weed in California and Colorado. In southeastern Colorado it sometimes grows with Onopordum acanthium. Putative hybrids have been observed in this area.

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Lower Taxa


Facts about "Onopordum tauricum"
AuthorDavid J. Keil +
AuthorityWilldenow +
BasionymsAsteraceae tribe Cynareae +
Common nameTaurian thistle + and bull cottonthistle +
DistributionCalif. +, Colo. +, s Europe + and sw Asia. +
Elevation600–2200 m +
HabitatGrasslands, arid woodlands, riparian areas, roadsides, agricultural lands +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering summer (Jun–Sep). +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1803 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 38.xml +
SynonymsCompositae +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameOnopordum tauricum +
Taxon parentOnopordum +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +