Carduus nutans

Family Asteraceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesMusk Thistle, Nodding Thistle
SynonymsCarduus nutans L. subsp. nutans
LongevityAnnual, Biennial
Growth formHerb
Seed dispersal morphologyWing/Achene/Pappus
Maximum height (m)1.6
Capable of vegetative reproductionNo
Native rangeAsia, northern Africa, Europe
Exotic range (Australia)ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Exotic range (other)North America, South America, Oceania
Habitat types (exotic)Disturbed areas (including trails), Grasslands, Pastures, Roadsides
Soil type (exotic)Fertile
Decade of introduction1950

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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