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Silybum Marianum

Botanical Name:

Silybum marianum

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Characteristics

Plant Type

Biennial herb 0.3–2 m high; stems ribbed, sparsely villous, emerging from a rosette of leaves.

Flower

Corolla blue-violet, tube filiform, 22–25 mm long, lobes 7–9 mm long, erect.

Fruit

Achenes brown with black streaks, obovoid, 6–7 mm long, slightly compressed; pappus 15–22 mm long, connate into a basal ring and falling as a unit.

Taxonomy

Order

Asterales

Family

Asteraceae

Genus

Silybum

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