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    • tocalote
    • Maltese Star-thistle
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    • Centaurea melitensis

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Recent observations

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Observer

sambiology

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

SRK637

Common; spiky composite head not opened; winged stems; 30 - 60 cm tall.

Brady, TX in McCullough County. In front of Brady Elementary; roadside lawn with many flowers.

Returning home from the 2012 Texas Society of Mammalogists conference in Junction, TX.

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Observer

sambiology

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

SRK823

Uncommon plant in shady area; spiny composite head.

Collected with permit.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

kevinhintsa

Date

June 28, 2010 05:25 PM PDT

Description

Non-native , smaller than Yellow Star-Thistle .

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

wlud

Date

November 15, 2014 08:41 AM PST

Description

This was the only live/flowering one I saw all day. The others were long since dried up

Photos / Sounds

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

aschultz2017

Date

October 29, 2014 10:32 AM PDT

Description

prickly buds, thin, long stems. dry

Photos / Sounds

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

mcduck

Date

June 11, 2012

Description

Blue Oak/Sagebrush habitat, in recent road cut.

Photos / Sounds

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

psuri

Date

May 10, 2014

Description

21 cm., purple, SW, no predation.

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No photos or sounds

Observer

cdunn

Date

May 2, 2014 04:29 PM PDT

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What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

jmaughn

Date

June 27, 2014

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

dipperanch

Date

June 18, 2014 05:54 PM PDT

Description

Scattered along trail 100 plants

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

dipperanch

Date

May 1, 2014 02:09 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Square

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 15, 2014 05:24 PM PDT
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Description from Wikipedia

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...

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