prickly buds, thin, long stems. dry
Blue Oak/Sagebrush habitat, in recent road cut.
21 cm., purple, SW, no predation.
Scattered along trail 100 plants
Along trail and brush edge. Rosette. Scattered, >> 1%, mixed with small amounts Italian thistle some of which has bolted and flower buds show color. By two houses off Page Mill Road.
Dried up, thorns coming out of the flowers
Centaurea melitensis (called Maltese star thistle in Europe, tocalote or tocolote in western North America) is an annual plant of the Asteraceae, 1- 11 dm high, with resin-dotted leaves and spine-tipped phyllaries. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Africa. It was introduced to North America in the 18th Century; the first documented occurrence in California is in the adobe of a building constructed in San Fernando in 1797. It is also...