Taxon  Report   1845 
Centaurea calcitrapa  L.
Purple star thistle,  Red star thistle
Centaurea calcitrapa
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Centaurea calcitrapa
© 2009 Barry Rice
Centaurea calcitrapa
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Centaurea calcitrapa, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Moderate

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Centaurea calcitrapa
© 2005 Luigi Rignanese
Genus: Centaurea
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed
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Centaurea:  from the Latin and a reference to the Centaur Chiron who was supposed to have discovered the medicinal uses of a plant in Greece that came to be called Centaury (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

calcitrapa:  from the Latin calcitro, "to kick," caltrop, a four-pointed weapon usually positioned on the ground to impede enemy movements (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 18, 2018).

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