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    • Maltese Star-thistle
    • tocalote
    • napa star thistle
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    • Centaurea melitensis

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Recent observations

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What

Maltese star-thistle Centaurea melitensis

Observer

jeckberg

Date

April 16, 2014

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Square

What

tocalote (Centaurea melitensis) Centaurea melitensis

Observer

boschniakia

Date

March 28, 2014 04:19 PM PDT

Description

Brief description of what you observed

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What

Malta Star Thistle (Centaurea melitensis) Centaurea melitensis

Observer

raaaychooo

Date

February 4, 2014

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What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

dgreenberger

Date

April 12, 2013 12:31 PM PDT

Description

A Williams, F Leist, J Slamovich, C Powell
~12" tall, small purplish spines in bud, silver-hairy

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Observer

travisfarwell

Date

January 28, 2014

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What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Date

May 11, 2010

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Square

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

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belinda

Date

January 25, 2014 11:22 AM PST

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Square

What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

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belinda

Date

December 12, 2013 02:15 PM PST

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What

tocalote Centaurea melitensis

Observer

turok

Date

September 17, 2013

Description

Dried out, and drastically different from its blooming form.

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What

tocalote (Centaurea melitensis) Centaurea melitensis

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

November 2, 2013

Description

With a Painted Lady astride it

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Square

Observer

lotusmorning

Date

June 8, 2013 02:01 PM PDT

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Observer

ramirez421

Date

May 12, 2011

Place

eaton canyon, ca (Google, OSM)
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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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