Centaurea macrocephala Muss.Puschk. ex Willd.

Sp. Pl. 3 (3): 2298 (1803) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect perennial to 1.7 m tall. Basal leaves oblanceolate to narrowly ovate, 10–30 cm long, 2–10 cm wide, margins entire or dentate, acute, surfaces pubescent to scabrous, petiolate; cauline leaves lanceolate to ovate, smaller, acute, decurrent. Capitula solitary, ovoid to hemispheric, 2.5–6 cm diam.; involucre c. 1.5–4 cm long; intermediate involucral bracts ovate or broadly lanceolate, glabrous with a light brown to brown fimbriate terminal appendage 1–1.5 cm long; inner involucral bracts longer with lacerate terminal appendage. Corolla 3.5–4 cm long, yellow. Cypselas 7–8 mm; pappus of flattened bristles 5–8 mm long. Flowers summer.

*VAlp. In Australia Centaurea macrocephala is only known on from a 1998 collection from disturbed ground in the Falls Creek Alpine Village and believed to be an 'escapee' from a garden in the village.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-08-07
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Centaurea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Centaurea macrocephala in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Centaurea macrocephala in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present introduced

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