Cirsium altissimum

ClassificationDicots
FamilyAsteraceae
Family (Traditional)Asteraceae
GenusCirsium
SpeciesCirsium altissimum (L.) Spreng.
Common NameRoadside Thistle; Tall Thistle
Growth Habitforb
Plant NotesLeaf Persistance: Deciduous; Habit: forb; Woody/Herbaceous: herbaceous; Terrestrial/Aquatic: Terrestrial;
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate; Simple/Compound: Simple;
Hypanthium: No; Perianth Absent: No; Fruit Color: ;
*Average C-Value: 5.8
C value 6
StatusNative; TN[SNR] KY[S5] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

SynonymFull Citation
Carduus altissimus Carduus altissimus Gilib.
Cirsium altissimum var. biltmoreanum Cirsium altissimum var. biltmoreanum Petr.
Cirsium iowense Cirsium iowense
Cnicus altissimus Cnicus altissimus (L.) Willd.
Cnicus iowensis Cnicus iowensis

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Allen (KY), Breckinridge (KY), Bullitt (KY), Butler (KY), Caldwell (KY), Calloway (KY), Clinton (KY), Edmonson (KY), Fleming (KY), Hart (KY), Jefferson (KY), Lyon (KY), McCracken (KY), Marshall (KY), Todd (KY), Trigg (KY), Warren (KY), Benton (TN), Carroll (TN), Cocke (TN), Davidson (TN), Decatur (TN), DeKalb (TN), Fentress (TN), Franklin (TN), Giles (TN), Grainger (TN), Haywood (TN), Hickman (TN), Houston (TN), Humphreys (TN), Jackson (TN), Lewis (TN), Marion (TN), Monroe (TN), Montgomery (TN), Polk (TN), Stewart (TN), Sullivan (TN), Sumner (TN), Warren (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, HTTU, TENN, UCHT, UOS, UTM

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1897 - 2009

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100247533 Clinton Kentucky 04 Sep 1999 Mark A. Gorton
99-1318
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247566 Fleming Kentucky 25 Aug 2000 Kim Feeman
1
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247558 Clinton Kentucky 04 Sep 1999 Mark A. Gorton
99-1320
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247608 Carroll Tennessee 02 Oct 1972 Betty Toler Allman
895
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247525 Caldwell Kentucky 01 Oct 1980 Richard H. Hannan
5799
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247509 Breckinridge Kentucky 02 Sep 2003 Ronald L. Jones
9500
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237473 Jackson Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237477 Polk Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237464 Decatur Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237471 Hickman Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237478 Sullivan Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237463 Decatur Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237467 Giles Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237475 Marion Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237465 Franklin Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247582 Todd Kentucky 11 Sep 1992 Landon E. McKinney
5225
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247541 Clinton Kentucky 04 Sep 1999 Mark A. Gorton
99-1319
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247517 Butler Kentucky 11 Jul 1980 Richard H. Hannan
4505
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
31234100247574 Marshall Kentucky 24 Aug 1974 Raymond Athey
2903
EKY
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237470 Hickman Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237476 Monroe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237462 Carroll Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237472 Jackson Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237479 Sumner Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237474 Marion Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0122081 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027104 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027120 Houston Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027109 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027121 Montgomery Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237466 Giles Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237469 Haywood Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237468 Grainger Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237461 Carroll Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
TENN-V-0237480 Warren Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027118 Benton Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0101750 Humphreys Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0079409 Breckinridge Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0121912 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0122082 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027119 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0122087 Warren Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027111 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0121911 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0079410 Breckinridge Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027103 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0080658 Allen Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0069027 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0122084 Hart Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027113 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027108 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027112 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0121910 Jefferson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027122 Montgomery Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027123 Todd Kentucky 13 Sep 1972 Lloyd Settle
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027115 Decatur Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0121914 Jefferson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027106 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0079408 Breckinridge Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027116 Giles Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027117 Hickman Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0121913 Bullitt Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027102 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0079407 Breckinridge Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0122083 Butler Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027105 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0086272 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU008910 DeKalb Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU002899 McCracken Kentucky
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU002898 Fentress Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU008911 Fentress Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU002896 Hickman Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
N/A Cocke Tennessee 10 Sep 1897 Thos H. Kearney
796
UCHT
Cirsium altissimum
UOS00740 Franklin Tennessee 11 Sep 1985 R.K. Clements
UOS
Cirsium altissimum
UOS00739 Franklin Tennessee 12 Sep 2000 Mary P. Priestley
UOS
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0101751 Humphreys Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
APSC0027107 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU023985 DeKalb Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU023984 DeKalb Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU024452 DeKalb Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
HTTU023986 DeKalb Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium altissimum
UCHT029720 Marion Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium altissimum
N/A Cocke Tennessee 01 Sep 1897 Thos H. Kearney
795
UCHT
Cirsium altissimum
UTM01931 Davidson Tennessee
UTM
Cirsium altissimum
UOS00738 Franklin Tennessee 25 Sep 2009 Mary P. Priestley
UOS
Cirsium altissimum
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Cirsium altissimum - Joey Shaw
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Cirsium altissimum - Tara Littlefield
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Cirsium altissimum - Theo Witsell
Cirsium altissimum - Theo Witsell
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Cirsium altissimum - Theo Witsell
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