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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Centaurea melitensis   FAMILY Asteraceae__   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Centaurea melitensis   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Centaurea melitensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Maltese Star-thistle


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image of Centaurea melitensis, Maltese Star-thistle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ceme2_001_lvd

        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Centaurea melitensis   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Centaurea melitensis   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Centaurea melitensis

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

4135

Forb
Annual/Biennial

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

Habitat: Roadsides, disturbed areas, eastwards as a ballast and mill waif (waste areas near wool-combing mills, ballast near old seaports), per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Alternate (basal & lower stem leaves often absent or withered at flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Yellow
Rays: Absent
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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