Centaurea melitensis L.

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Centaurea melitensis

Jan 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Status: Exotic
Erect annual herb up to 1 m. tall. Stems narrowly winged
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Habitat: Weed of fallow land; not cultivated
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe; widespread in Africa, Europe, N & S America, Australia
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 August 2016

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 24.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 55 - 56.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Centaurea melitensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Centaurea melitensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Centaurea melitensis
African Plant Database: Centaurea melitensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Centaurea melitensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Centaurea melitensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Centaurea melitensis
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iNaturalist: Centaurea melitensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Centaurea melitensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Centaurea melitensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Centaurea melitensis
Plants of the World Online: Centaurea melitensis
Tropicos: Centaurea melitensis
Wikipedia: Centaurea melitensis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Centaurea melitensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161850, retrieved 1 March 2024

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