Carduus argentatus, Silver Thistle,
Hebrew: קרדה מכסיפה, Arabic: خرفيش صغير

Scientific name:  Carduus argentatus L.
Synonym name:  Carduus acicularis Bertol.
Common name:  Silver Thistle
Hebrew name:  קרדה מכסיפה
Arabic name:  خرفيش صغير
Plant Family:  Compositae / Asteracae, מורכבים

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Life form :  Annual
Spinescence:  Leaves, bracts
Stems:  Erect, simple to much branched, (spiny-winged)
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, entire, dentate or serrate, spinescent
Flowers:  Pink, spinescent bracts
Fruits / pods:  Cypselae ovoid , slightly compressed , faces smooth . glabrous, attachment scars slightly lateral ; pappi persistent or falling in rings . of many minutely barbed , basally connate bristles or setiform, minutely barbed scales
Flowering Period:   April, May
Habitat:   Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Carduus argentatus, Silver Thistle, קרדה מכסיפה,خِرْفَيْش صَغير; شَوْك عَنْتَر; قَرْدوس فِضّي

Derivation of the botanical name:
Carduus, thistle, the classical name.
argentatus, silvery.
The Hebrw name: קרדה, carda, from the scientific name.
  • 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 Bertol. is used to indicate Antonio Bertoloni (1775 - 1869), an Italian botanist.

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