Taxon  Report   1858    
Centaurium erythraea  Rafn
Common centaury,  European centaury
Centaurium erythraea
© 2011 Ryan Batten
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Centaurium erythraea
© 2014 Jean Pawek
Centaurium erythraea
© 2010 Dr.Thomas K. Voekler
Centaurium erythraea, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Centaurium erythraea
© 2003 George W. Hartwell
Genus: Centaurium
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Centaurium minus
PLANTS: Centaurium umbellatum
PLANTS: Erythraea centaurium
More information about  Centaurium erythraea
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Jepson eFlora

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Suggested Citation
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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 24, 2019).