Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Ballast Coyote-thistle - Eryngium divaricatum   Hooker & Arnott
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AuthorHooker & Arnott
DistributionA single collection is known, from ballast at the port of Wilmington, New Hanover County. The specimen is not at SERNEC, but probably at NY or GH.

Native of South America; in N.A. only in northwestern FL and NC.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatSeaport ballast.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationBallast Coyote-thistle is prostrate to erect, up to 1.5 feet tall. The basal and lower leaves are pinnately cleft into linear segments; middle and upper leaves are smaller. The heads grow singly in leaf axils, short-cylindric (6-12 mm long), gray-green, with linear sharp bracts at base. Flower color not noted.
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