Cirsium arvense

ClassificationDicots
FamilyAsteraceae
Family (Traditional)Asteraceae
GenusCirsium
SpeciesCirsium arvense (L.) Scop.
Common NameAcker-Kratzdistel, Canada 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: 0.0
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (FACU), EMP (FACU) (NWPL); TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

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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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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
Breea arvensis Breea arvensis (L.) Less.
Breea incana Breea incana
Carduus arvensis Carduus arvensis (L.) Robson
Cirsium arvense var. argenteum Cirsium arvense var. argenteum (Vest) Fiori
Cirsium arvense var. horridum Cirsium arvense var. horridum Wimmer & Grab.
Cirsium arvense var. integrifolium Cirsium arvense var. integrifolium Wimmer & Grab.
Cirsium arvense var. mite Cirsium arvense var. mite Wimmer & Grab.
Cirsium arvense var. vestitum Cirsium arvense var. vestitum Wimmer & Grab.
Cirsium incanum Cirsium incanum (Gmel.) Fisch.
Cirsium ochrolepidium Cirsium ochrolepidium
Cirsium setosum Cirsium setosum (Willd.) Bess. ex Bieb.
Serratula arvensis Serratula arvensis L.

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: Bell (KY), Boone (KY), Bracken (KY), Christian (KY), Clark (KY), Elliott (KY), Franklin (KY), Gallatin (KY), Harlan (KY), Jackson (KY), Jefferson (KY), Kenton (KY), Lewis (KY), Madison (KY), Menifee (KY), Oldham (KY), Pendleton (KY), Wolfe (KY), Campbell (TN), Claiborne (TN), Hickman (TN), Johnson (TN), Knox (TN), Washington (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: ETSU, APSC, BEREA, EKY, KNK, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1973 - 2004

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
N/A Wolfe Kentucky 29 Jul 1988 Ross C. Clark
21508
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100856200 Wolfe Kentucky 29 Jul 1988 R.C. Clark
21508
EKY
Cirsium arvense
N/A Wolfe Kentucky 29 Jul 1988 R.C. Clark
21508
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247764 Jackson Kentucky 08 Jul 1989 Joe Abner
89-147
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100769262 Wolfe Kentucky 29 Jul 1988 Ross C. Clark
21508
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247731 Menifee Kentucky 24 Jul 1989 Carol Hanley
79
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100858586 Wolfe Kentucky 09 Jul 1973 Johnnie B. Varner
7210
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247715 Madison Kentucky 20 Jun 1975 J. Stuart Lassetter
2418
EKY
Cirsium arvense
BEREA002921 Lewis Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium arvense
BEREA002922 Lewis Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium arvense
BEREA002923 Lewis Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium arvense
ETSU008003 Johnson Tennessee
ETSU
Cirsium arvense
31973000005497 Gallatin Kentucky 26 Jul 1997 Thieret, John
60228
KNK
Cirsium arvense
31973000005499 Bracken Kentucky 30 Jun 1983 Buddell, George
2234
KNK
Cirsium arvense
31234100247657 Franklin Kentucky 07 Sep 1995 D. L. White
s.n.
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247681 Madison Kentucky 13 Jun 1994 Gary W. Libby
360
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247699 Madison Kentucky 28 Jun 1982 Ronald L. Jones
3701
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247707 Madison Kentucky 12 Jun 1993 Susan Wind
90
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247723 Madison Kentucky 28 Jun 1982 Ronald L. Jones
3701
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247665 Harlan Kentucky 19 Jun 2004 Amy V. Mcintosh
212
EKY
Cirsium arvense
31234100247640 Clark Kentucky 01 Sep 2000 Timothy J. Weckman
6107
EKY
Cirsium arvense
BEREA002920 Bell Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium arvense
31973000005498 Boone Kentucky 27 Sep 1993 Perkins, Charles
23-09(2)
KNK
Cirsium arvense
31973000005496 Kenton Kentucky 10 Sep 1976 Applegarth, Patrick
143
KNK
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237484 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237485 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237481 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237494 Washington Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237492 Washington Tennessee 10 Jun 1998 Don Sudbrink
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237493 Washington Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
APSC0115243 Elliott Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium arvense
APSC0079313 Oldham Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium arvense
APSC0121879 Jefferson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium arvense
APSC0121643 Oldham Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237491 Knox Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237488 Hickman Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237489 Hickman Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237482 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237483 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237490 Johnson Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237486 Claiborne Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
TENN-V-0237487 Claiborne Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium arvense
UCHT007918 Washington Tennessee 10 Jun 1998 Don Sudbrink
UCHT
Cirsium arvense
APSC0071220 Lewis Kentucky 07 Aug 1982 Max Medley
APSC
Cirsium arvense
APSC0079320 Christian Kentucky 28 Aug 1980 Max Medley
APSC
Cirsium arvense
APSC0121908 Pendleton Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium arvense
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