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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


prob. Carlina vulgaris. Photo taken by J. Forman.
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Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Lactucoideae
Tribe: Cardueae
Number of Species: At least 2
Root: Named for the Holy Roman Emperor Carolus Magnus, otherwise known as Charlemagne.

The genus Carlina describes a group of thistles characterized by yellow to silvery petals and spiny flowers. The flowers are long-lasting and are often used in dried flower arrangements.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Carlina species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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