Carduus pycnocephalus (slender winged thistle). Silvana Reserve, Flat Bush, Auckland. Photos: © Murray Dawson
Picnic bench area on JOMU Nature trail
Large patch of Italian thistle adjacent to Main Fire Road
Observed by Kiesya, Devanshi and Tatiana, students of Mission Heights Junior College.
South facing slope. Grassy oak woodland
Carduus pycnocephalus, with common names including Italian thistle, Italian plumeless thistle, and Plymouth thistle, is a species of thistle. It is native to: the Mediterranean region in southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia; East Europe and the Caucasus; and the Indian Subcontinent.