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Crupina crupinastrum.jpg
Crupina crupinastrum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Crupina
(Pers.) DC.
  • Centaurea subg. Crupina Pers.
  • Centaurea sect. Crupina Pers.

Crupina is a small genus of plants in the thistle tribe within the daisy family.

The common crupina Crupina vulgaris is a notorious noxious weed on several continents. The other species, Crupina crupinastrum, also has the potential to become weedy, but it is not as bad a pest at the current time. These are thistle-like plants with bright deep pink flower heads.[2][3][4]

  1. Crupina crupinastrum (Moris) Vis. - southern Europe, northern Africa, southwestern Asia
  2. Crupina intermedia (Mutel) Walp. - North Africa, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia
  3. Crupina pseudocrupina (Mutel) Walp. - Greece
  4. Crupina strum (Moris) Vis. - Croatia
  5. Crupina vulgaris Pers. ex Cass. - native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia as far east as Xinjiang; naturalized in China, North America, Australia, etc., and considered a noxious weed in some places


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