Cirsium helenioides, SE: Brudborste, DE: Verschiedenblättrige Kratzdistel,
NL: Ongelijkbladige distel, UK: Melancholy Thistle

Scientific name:  Cirsium helenioides (L.) Hill
Synonym name:  Cirsium heterophyllum (L.) Hill
Swedish name:  Brudborste, borsttistel
German name:  Verschiedenblättrige Kratzdistel, Filzige Kratzdistel
Nederlandse naam:  Ongelijkbladige distel
English name  Melancholy Thistle
Plant Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, Korgblommiga växter, Sunflower family

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Location: Hammarstrand

Life form:  Perennial stoloniferous thistle
Stems:  Height 40–120 cm, Single, erect, densely whitish-hairy, spineless, usu. unbranched stem
Leaves:  Base leaves long-stalked, upper stem leaves stalkless and surrounding stem with large basal lobes (auricles),leaves edged with soft spines; all leaves white-felted beneath
Flowers:  Usually solitary large reddish-purple flowerhead at the top of the stem
Flowering Period:  June-August
Fruits:  Cypsela, flattened, blunt, crowned by a pappus of branched, feather-like hairs
Habitat:  Throughout the country, woods, thickets, fresh water, pastureland and meadows

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Cirsium, from the Greek word kirsos, "swollen vein". Thistles were used as a remedy against swollen veins.
heterophyllum, differently leaved, heteros, heter (ετεροϛ), the other, one of two, the second; different, another kind; o (o connective vowel in botanical Latin, usually for Greek words but in some cases for Latin words);phyllon, phyll (φυλλον), leaf, foliage; us, Latinizing suffix.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Hill is used to indicate John Hill (1716 – 1775), an English botanist.

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