Centaurea sp. A sensu Murray (1992) APNI*
Synonyms: Centaurea isnardii L. APNI*
Description: Biennial or perennial herb; stems spreading or prostrate, much-branched, striate.
Leaves oblong-lanceolate, toothed to pinnatifid, c. 3 cm long, c. 1–1.5 cm wide; sparsely woolly and glandular-punctate.
Heads solitary, terminal, campanulate, 10–25 mm diam.; involucral bracts with appendages half as long as the bracts with 3–6 divergent yellow spines at the base of a main apical spine. Florets purple; corolla glandular.
Achenes c. 4 mm long, pappus c. 7 mm.
Flowering: recorded March
Distribution and occurrence: Probably native of Eur. Recorded near Cowra, in 1925.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS
Possibly a poor specimen of C. aspera L. which is also known from S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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