Malta Star-thistle at the very western edge of Texas in Canutillo.
A few plants growing at a roadside historical marker (the "Salt War") near Salt Flat, Hudspeth Co., TX.
iNat went down while I was in the field. No data was uploaded at the time.
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 naturalized...