Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow LakeTall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum)
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Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum) - 10b

Tall Thistle - 10b
(Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum) - 10b) In this bee's eye view of the tall thistle, we can clearly see that it consists of many individual flowers, but unlike most flowers in this family, tall thistle do not have any ray flowers; they only have disc flowers. Technically, Missouri Plants describes the disc flowers as: Corolla pink to rose, to +30mm long, tubular, 5-lobed. Style well exserted (extending beyond). Achenes (seed-like fruit) to 6mm long, 2mm wide. Pappus (feathery tuft of bristles on fruit) of numerous plumose bristles.
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