Cirsium carolinianum

ClassificationDicots
FamilyAsteraceae
Family (Traditional)Asteraceae
GenusCirsium
SpeciesCirsium carolinianum (Walter) Fernald & B. G. Schub.
Common NameCarolina or purple or soft or smallhead thistle, soft 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: 8.7
C value 9
StatusNative; TN[SNR] KY[S3S4] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
Specimen(s) View and Download Specimen Details »

** 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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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 flaccidus Carduus flaccidus

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: Edmonson (KY), Garrard (KY), Hardin (KY), Jackson (KY), Laurel (KY), Lee (KY), Lyon (KY), McCreary (KY), Powell (KY), Pulaski (KY), Rockcastle (KY), Rowan (KY), Wolfe (KY), Bledsoe (TN), Blount (TN), Campbell (TN), Claiborne (TN), Cumberland (TN), Davidson (TN), Decatur (TN), Fentress (TN), Franklin (TN), Grundy (TN), Hamilton (TN), Marion (TN), Meigs (TN), Monroe (TN), Morgan (TN), Polk (TN), Scott (TN), Sequatchie (TN), Van Buren (TN), Wayne (TN)

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

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1911 - 2011

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100247772 Jackson Kentucky 30 May 1990 Julian Campbell
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247590 Monroe Tennessee 16 May 1980 Brian Boom
435
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247780 Lee Kentucky 28 May 1993 Judith E. Rozeman
458
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100722519 Garrard Kentucky 27 May 2011 W.W. Overback
1283
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100723491 Garrard Kentucky 01 Jun 2010 W.W. Overbeck
488
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100856192 Wolfe Kentucky 06 Jun 1990 Ross C. Clark
22486
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100750411 Jackson Kentucky 08 Jul 1989 Joe Abner
89-147
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
BEREA022811 Garrard Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237519 Monroe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237531 Van Buren Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237528 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237506 Cumberland Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237508 Decatur Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237524 Polk Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247822 Fentress Tennessee 31 May 1987 Ronald L. Jones
4801
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247806 Rockcastle Kentucky 23 Jun 1983 Donna A. Godbey
288
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247798 McCreary Kentucky 21 May 1987 Max E. Medley
16300
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
BEREA002925 Jackson Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237520 Monroe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237498 Bledsoe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237523 Polk Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237511 Franklin Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237515 Marion Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237532 Van Buren Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237499 Bledsoe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237509 Decatur Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237504 Cumberland Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237516 Marion Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237526 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237505 Cumberland Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237495 Bledsoe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237514 Hamilton Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237518 Meigs Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237497 Bledsoe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237512 Grundy Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237496 Bledsoe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237503 Cumberland Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237529 Sequatchie Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237527 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237517 Meigs Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237513 Hamilton Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237694 Powell Kentucky
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237521 Monroe Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237695 Rowan Kentucky
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237502 Claiborne Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237530 Van Buren Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237500 Blount Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237522 Morgan Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237533 Wayne Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0077043 Pulaski Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0121875 Laurel Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0040684 Cumberland Tennessee 29 May 2009 Dwayne Estes
10456
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0077042 Pulaski Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0078473 Hardin Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
HTTU008912 Scott Tennessee
HTTU
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT039727 Polk Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237525 Polk Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237510 Fentress Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0027125 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0027129 Rowan Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0081211 McCreary Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0027126 Polk Tennessee 11 May 2011 Joey Shaw, Dwayne Estes, Sunny Hart, Emily Blyveis, Aaron Floden, Rob Shepard.
Not shown.
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0027124 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0121907 Wolfe Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
APSC0076251 Edmonson Kentucky
APSC
Cirsium carolinianum
MTSU021507 Davidson Tennessee 12 Jun 1980 Sheree Beam
9
MTSU
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT039728 Polk Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT029722 Marion Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT039115 Hamilton Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT029724 Marion Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
N/A Hamilton Tennessee 23 May 1911 J. R. Churchill
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
UCHT029723 Marion Tennessee
UCHT
Cirsium carolinianum
UOS00747 Franklin Tennessee 24 May 1985 R.K. Clements
UOS
Cirsium carolinianum
UOS00748 Van Buren Tennessee 02-Jun-01 Chris A. Fleming
UOS
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237501 Campbell Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237696 Wolfe Kentucky
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
TENN-V-0237507 Decatur Tennessee
TENN
Cirsium carolinianum
BEREA022810 Rockcastle Kentucky
BEREA
Cirsium carolinianum
31234100247814 Rowan Kentucky 31 May 2006 D. Estes
8945
EKY
Cirsium carolinianum
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Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Dwayne Estes
Cirsium carolinianum - Milo Pyne
Cirsium carolinianum - Milo Pyne