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Fountain Thistle (Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale)

  • Global Rank: T1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 147464
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Fountain Thistle (Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale) located in the wild?


restricted to perpetually moist clay openings in riparian or serpentine chaparral between approximately 300 to 600 ft.



States & Provinces:

Fountain Thistle can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Fountain Thistle (Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale)?

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Conservation Actions

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 3 accessions of Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 4315 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 01/01/2010

destruction of habitat from urbanization, alteration of local hydrology, dam construction in the 19th century, and highway construction

  • 01/01/2010

found in only three locations in San Mateo County. One population occurs east of Crystal Springs Reservoir on both sides of I-280. A second population occurs in the ""Triangle"" area west of Edgewood Co. Park. The third location is in Edgewood Co. Park

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Taxon Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
Authority (Greene) Jeps.
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 953
ITIS 527370
Duration Perennial
Common Names Fountain Thistle
Associated Scientific Names Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale | Cirsium fontinale
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1
Ecological Relationships


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