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Carduus nutans (musk thistle)

Author(s): Kristin L. Zouhar
Year Published: 2002
Description:

This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Carduus nutans (musk thistle) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, invasiveness of the species, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and general management. This species review can be used for fire management, restoration planning, NEPA documents, and postfire rehabilitation planning. It may also be helpful in wildlife and habitat and invasive species management, and as a source of information on the general ecology of individual species.

Citation: Zouhar, Kris 2002. Carduus nutans (musk thistle). In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/carnut/all.html.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Invasive Species
Ecosystem(s): Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Juniper woodland, Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland, Aspen woodland, Riparian woodland/shrubland, Mountain shrubland/wooded draw
Document Type: Synthesis
NRFSN number: 10494
FEIS Number: 1049
Record updated: May 24, 2018