Centaurea sulphurea

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Centaurea sulphurea

Centaurea sulphurea

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Centaurea
Species: C. sulphurea
Binomial name
Centaurea sulphurea

Centaurea sulphurea (Sicilian star thistle or sulphur star knapweed) is an Asteraceae annual herb species. It is native to southwestern Europe and it is known on other continents as an introduced species. It is one of the closest relatives to Centaurea solstitialis, an extremely invasive thistle in California, but Centaurea sulphurea has only established several populations in California since its introduction in the mid-19th century.[1][2]


  1. ^ Montesinos, D., Santiago, G., & Callaway, R. M. (2012). Neo-allopatry and rapid reproductive isolation. The American Naturalist, 180(4), 529–33. doi:10.1086/667585
  2. ^ Graebner, R. C., Callaway, R. M., & Montesinos, D. (2012). Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners. Plant Ecology, 213(4), 545–553. doi:10.1007/s11258-012-0020-x

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