Taxon profile


Milk Thistle
Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.

kingdom Plantae - plants »  divisio Magnoliophyta - flowering plants »  class Rosopsida - eudicots »  order Asterales »  family Asteraceae

Scientific synonyms

Carduus marianus L.
Mariana mariana (L.) Hill

Other names

= Blessed Milk-thistle
= Blessed Milkthistle
= Bull Thistle
= Holy Thistle
= Lady's Thistle
= Spotted Thistle
= St. Mary's Thistle
= Variegated Artichoke
= Variegated Thistle


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Intertaxon relationships

parasite: Orobanche palaestina Reut.

consumer: Lixus filiformis (Fabricius, 1781), Cleonis pigra (Scopoli, 1763), Agapanthia cardui (Linnaeus, 1767), Phytoecia insignita Chevrolat, 1854

Links and literature

CZ Danihelka J., Chrtek J., Kaplan Z., Wild J. (23. 1. 2011): Seznam jmen cévnatých rostlin použitých v nálezové databázi květeny České republiky [], Botanický ústav AV ČR [as Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.]
Data retrieved on: 21 November 2013
EN Botanical Society of British Isles [], Botany Department, The Natural History Museum [as Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.]
Data retrieved on: 11 May 2012
EN Danin A.: Flora and Vegetation of Israel [] [as Silybum marianum]
Data retrieved on: 26 February 2009
CZ Kubát et al. (2002): Klíč ke květeně České republiky, Academia, Praha [as Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.]
EN Pyšek P., Sádlo J. & Mandák B. (2002): Catalogue of alien plants of the Czech Republic [], Preslia 74(2): 97–186, 2002. [as Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertner]
EN Danihelka J., Chrtek J. Jr. & Kaplan Z. (2012): Checklist of vascular plants of the Czech Republic, Preslia 84: 647–811 [as Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.]
Data retrieved on: 19 September 2014

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