Centaurea melitensis L.
Family: Asteraceae
Maltese star-thistle
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Etymology: Centaurea: ancient Greek plant-name, poetically associated with Chiron, the Centaur, but without wholly satisfactory explanation
Plants: annual forb
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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Michael L. Charters  
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