Carduus

R. D. Meikle, Flora of Cyprus 2. 1985
but modified
1Capitula solitary on well-developed, often elongate peduncles (4-30 cm long); outer and median phyllaries narrowed rather abruptly above and terminating in a conspicuous, linear-subulate appendage; anthers c. 6 mm long
1'Capitula in sessile or very shortly pedunculate clusters; phyllaries lanceolate-subulate, tapering from near base to a spine-tipped apex; anthers c. 4 mm long