Calflora
Taxon  Report   1845    
Centaurea calcitrapa  L.
Purple star thistle,  Red star thistle
Centaurea calcitrapa, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is not native to California; it has been naturalized in the wild.
Cal-IPC rating: Moderate
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Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Centaurea

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

 
More information about  Centaurea calcitrapa

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)


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]. 2020. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 01, 2020).