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Malta Star-Thistle

Centaurea melitensis ?

Malta Star Thistle, Centaurea melitensis, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Plants about 1 meter tall growing as a garden weed. Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.


  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • malta star thistle in highland areas of Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens Disc Flowers: Long slender tubes are colored bright yellow.
  • Phyllaries: The tough, convex phyllaries tightly hold the seeds and are backed with sharp, branching spines. They are also clothed in cottony pubescence.
  • Pappus: some bristles at top of the seeds.
  • Leaves: The simple leaves are dotted with resin glands. Lower leaves may have deep lobes.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 29 July 2012