Centaurea melitensis [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Centaurea melitensis USDA PLANTS Symbol CEME2
Common Name Maltese Star-thistle, Tocalote ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36965
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Disturbed areas, roadsides.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial up to 3 feet tall, several branches in upper portion.
Leaves: Alternate leaves; lower oblanceolate, pinnately-compound, 2 to 4 inches long; upper leaves becoming linear and winged, up to 1-1/4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Ovoid-shaped involucre 3/8 to 5/8 inch across, with spine-tipped phyllaries and cobwebby hairs; many yellow florets, no ray flowers (petals).
Blooming Period: April to June.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and SEINet.
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Texas Status:
INVASIVE

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