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Golden Thistle - introduced (*Scolymus hispanicus)

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Other names: Spanish Salsify.

Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).

Native of Europe.

Occurrence: Scattered. Roadsides and farmland, particularly in lower rainfall areas.


Golden Thistle is a proclaimed noxious weed. It is a regionally controlled weed in North-central Victoria. It is a “tumbleweed”; the dead plants are blown by the wind. This helps disperse the seed.

Similar species: Saffron Thistle is a spiny thistle with light yellow flowers. The leaves do not form spiny wings down the stem, and the branches usually grow from the upper part of the plant. Both thistles are noxious weeds.

Photos 1, 2: Golden Thistle. Nuggetty Ranges. 3: Golden Thistle. Baringhup.