9476.000 Centaurea L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate. Capitula solitary, heterogamous; florets tubular; outer neuter; inner bisexual. Phyllaries many-seriate, imbricate, with a pectinate or spiny, apical appendage. Receptacle densely setose; setae twisted. Achenes ± laterally flattened, glabrous when mature. Pappus many-seriate, of persistent, unequal, barbellate, scale-like setae.

Worldwide: c. 500 species, Europe, Mediterranean, the Middle East and Eurasia with a few species in tropical Africa, North America and Australia

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

cineraria L.
melitensis L.Description, Image
ragusina L.

Other sources of information about Centaurea:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Centaurea
Flora of Malawi: Centaurea
Flora of Mozambique: Centaurea
Flora of Zambia: Centaurea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Centaurea

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Centaurea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1566, retrieved 28 November 2023

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