Cirsium neomexicanum

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Desert thistle is widespread in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts and ranges into the southern Great Basin desert, western Chihuahuan desert, and into adjacent mountains of Utah, southwestern Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Facts about "Cirsium neomexicanum"
apex courseflexuous +
apex orientationdeflexed +, spreading + and ascending +
apex prominence or shapeflat +
array architecturecorymbiform +
base architecturespiny-winged + and sessile +
base architecture or shapebractlike +
base otherprincipal +
base positioncauline + and distal +
base shapetapered + and decurrent +
base sizereduced + and 5 +
blade shapeoblong-elliptic +, oblanceolate + and pinnatifid +
body orientationappressed +
body positionouter +
body shapeentire + and spinulose +
branch orientationascending +
chromosome count30 + and 32 +
collar variabilitydifferentiated +
corolla colorationwhite +, lavender + and pink +
cypsela colorationbrown +
face countpresent +
face external texturegray-tomentose + and glabrate +
face positionbasal +
face sizesubequal +
flowering timespringsummer +, mar +, apr +, may +, jun + and jul +
habitatcanyons +, slopes +, roadsides in deserts +, dry grasslands + and arid woodlands dominated by pinyon pines , junipers , oaks , joshua trees +
habitat inclinesloped +
habitat moisturedry +
head arrangementsingly + and in corymbiform arrays +
head countmany +
individual sizelarge +
involucre external texturearachnoid +, tomentose + and glabrous +
involucre shapehemispheric + and campanulate +
lobe external texturecoarse +
lobe orientationspreading +
lobe shapeundivided + and with 1-2 pairs +
pappus count1 +
peduncle architecturebracted +
ridge widthnarrow +
spine lengthlong +
spine orientationspreading + and reflexed +
stem count1 +
stem external texturegray-tomentose + and glabrate +
stem orientationerect +
tooth external texturecoarse +
whole organism architecturetaprooted +
whole organism life stylebiennial +
wing architecture or shapespiny +