Hairy Burr-daisy
Fruit, Back
Maltese Cockspur
Saffron Thistle (Carthamus lanatus)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Sunflowers (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Saffron Thistle (Carthamus lanatus)
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Other names: OWWW THAT HURTS!, Distaff Thistle, False Star Thistle or Woolly Star Thistle

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A few scattered plants found & removed from Ellura
VERY prickly & stiff plant at all stages. Tall, green with cream/yellow flowers.
Prickles will go straight through leather gloves, weed bags, etc.

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This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)