L., Sp. Pl. 827 (1753).
Derivation: Greek kinara, apparently a name for the globe artichoke, C. scolymus.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Spiny perennial herbs; stems erect, terete; leaves basal and cauline, alternate, pinnatipartite.
Capitula terminal, solitary or in loose cymes of 2 or 3, large, globose, homogamous; involucres campanulate; bracts rigid, herbaceous, spine-tipped, imbricate in several unequal series; receptacle hairy; florets all tubular, bisexual, fertile; corolla narrow below, abruptly widened and 5-lobed above; anthers exserted, sagittate at the base, with subulate sterile appendages at the apex; style branches long-exserted, diverging at the apex only, without appendages.
Achene ohovoid, glabrous; pappus of numerous plumose bristles connate in a ring at the base and deciduous as a unit.
10 species in the Mediterranean region.
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