Great Marsh Thistle
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Common Name: Great Marsh Thistle
Family: Daisy - Asteraceae (Compositae)
Genus: Carduus
Species: personata
Date Taken: 01/07/2015
Altitude: 1580m
Area: Central Switzerland
Walking Notes: Realp to Oberstafel on the minor road, taking the path round Höhenbiel, to the Rotondo Hut. Back the same way but not the path round Höhenbiel
Location: Taken on minor road by steam railway c1.1 km from Realp near Wileren
Flower Notes: 50-150cm tall; leaves large, oval; lower leaves pinnately divided, sparsely tomentose underneath; capitula 1.5-2.5cm across, terminal in a ball-like group; corolla purple-red. 800-2000m, flowering time 6-8. Rather common.