L., Sp.Pl. 233 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: White devil.
Whitish-green glabrous perennial, 30-60 cm high; stem erect, stout, ribbed, branched; leaves coriaceous, very stiff and prickly; radical leaves with long stiff cylindrical hollow petioles, their lamina broad-ovate, pinnate with pinnatisect leaflets; cauline leaves sessile, subcordate at the base and more or less stem-clasping, 2-pinnatipartite, the segments lobed and sharply toothed, decurrent along the broad (c. 10 mm) rhachis.
Inflorescence corymbiform, pale-green, with several pedunculate ovoid flower-heads 1-1.5 cm long; involucral bracts 4-7, linear-lanceolate, pungent-pointed, entire or with some spiny teeth; bracteoles subulate, entire, spinose, 2-3 times as long as the flowers; sepals erect, ovate-lanceolate, c. 2.5 mm long, aristate; petals white or purplish.
Fruit obovoid, densely covered with acuminate bladdery overlapping scales.
Ross-Craig (1958) Drawings Brit. Pl. 12:t. 3.
In dry places.
S.Aust.: MU. Native in central and southern Europe.
Flowering time: Jan. — March, June.
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