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Sonoran Desert Plants
Centaurea melitensis (Malta Star Thistle)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Centaurea melitensis

 Centaurea melitensis

Habitat: disturbed areas
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate,simple,linear,entire or
Flower Color: yellow
Flowering Period: spring and summer
Spines: spines involucres
Family: Asteraceae (sunflower family)
Abundance: introduced,invasive,locally common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 21. Eudicots: Asteraceae-Aster Family. Phytoneuron 2016-77: 1-164. Published 29 November 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 59 (30.2 MB pdf)

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