Prickly Sow Thistle
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Daisies|
|Family:||Daisy (Asteraceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Woolly Yellow-heads (Trichanthodium skirrophorum)|
|Synonyms:||Angianthus codonopappus, Gnephosis codonopappa, Gnephosis codonopappus or Gnephosis skirrophora|
|Other name:||Woolly Gnephosis|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
We've searched for a decade to identify this plant, and finally found it.
Young seedlings are easy to confuse with Hairy Cup Flower, until the buds start to show. The Hairy Cup Flower then has a lime green bud, compared with this brown & white bud.
It is a very unique plant with it's defining characteristic being it's bud, which is how it spends most of it's short life. We use the phrase "Mace Bud" to describe it. (after the medieval weapon)
Once in flower it again blends in with the Hairy Cup Flowers, Wireworts & Little Buttons.