Cirsium albescens Kitam.
Cirsium irumtiense Kitam.
Cirsium liukiuense Nakai
Cirsium brevicaule is a prickly, herbaceous perennial plant growing from a somewhat slender rootstock. It produces a basal rosette of leaves and a stount, erect, branched flowering stem that can grow around 10 - 100cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
E. Asia - southern Japan, Taiwan.
In maritime rocky and grassy slopes; from sea level to 100 metres[
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|Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Beetles, Self
Cirsium brevicaule is native to the subtropical climate of the Ryuku Islands and southern Taiwan. As such, it is unlikely to succeed outdoors in any but the mildest regions of the temperate zone.
Cirsium species are generally easily grown plants, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
Leaves - cooked[
]. The spines must be removed beforehand[
The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[
]. No details of potential yields etc are given[
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 20°c.
Division in spring or autumn.