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Musk Thistle

Musk ThistleScientific name: Carduus nutans L.

Common names: Musk thistle, nodding thistle

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Native To: Eurasia (Zouhar 2002)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First recorded in 1852 (Zouhar 2002)

Means of Introduction: Accidental, possibly through ballast water (Zouhar 2002)

Impact: Crowds out native species and forage for livestock (Zouhar 2002)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Federal Government

Carduus nutans
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Thistles - Integrated Pest Management Manual
DOI. National Park Service.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: Excellent references section

Carduus nutans Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Carduus nutans L. - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Legal Aspects

Musk Thistle - Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States (Aug 2002)
BugwoodWiki.
Published by: USDA. Forest Service. Publication FHTET-2002-04.

Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Musk Thistle - Weed of the Week (Mar 3, 2005; PDF | 154 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection. Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Carduus nutans - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Plant Profile for Carduus nutans - PLANTS Database - Modding Plumeless Thistle
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Illustrations; Distribution

Carduus natans L. - An Assessment of Exotic Plant Species of Rocky Mountain National Park
DOI. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

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State Government

Carduus genus - EncycloWeedia
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Musk Thistle - Best Management Practices Weed Profile (PDF | 216 KB)
Colorado State Parks.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Musk Thistle
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Noxious Weed Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Musk Thistle
State of Colorado. Douglas County. Public Works.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Controls

Musk Thistle - Noxious Weed Identification List
State of Colorado. Jefferson County. Weed and Pest Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Controls

Musk Thistle - Official Control Program
Kansas Department of Agriculture. Plant Protection and Weed Control Program.
Identification/Description; Dispersion; Controls

Musk Thistle Control
Missouri Department of Conservation.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Musk Thistle
State of Utah. Weber County Weed Abatement.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Dispersion; Controls

Class B Noxious Weed: Musk Thistle
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

Musk or Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Identification/Distribution; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Control; Special Note: Scientific review and assessment (PDF | 63 KB)

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University/Academic

Musk thistle (Carduus nutans L.) and related species: - Invasive Plant Species of Alaska (PDF | 170 KB)
University of Alaska - Anchorage. Alaska Natural Heritage Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Controls

Musk Thistle
Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls

Musk Thistle
Colorado Weed Management Association.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Musk Thistle - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Musk Thistle - Noxious Weeds of Nebraska (PDF | 411 KB)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Musk Thistle Wanted Poster--Dead, Not Alive! (PDF | 175 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Controls

Managing Musk Thistle (PDF | 323 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Musk Thistle
Oklahoma State University. Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Controls; Special Note: Excellent series of photographs

Musk Thistle - Biological Control of Weeds in Texas
Texas A&M University. Entomology.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Musk Thistle - Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle

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International

Carduus nutans - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Weed Profile: Nodding thistle
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

Nodding Thistle
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries and Water (Australia). Weeds, Pests, and Diseases.
Identification/Description; Distribution; Controls

Carduus nutans (herb) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Carduus nutans
Discover Life.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Musk Thistle - BioBullies (PDF | 740 KB) (Western Pennsylvania)
Natural Biodiversity.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Musk Thistle
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Carduus nutans
Texasinvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: References

Musk Thistle - Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle, Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Citations

Zouhar, K. 2002. Carduus nutans. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: Jul 01, 2014
 
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