Centaurea sphaerocephala ssp. sphaerocephala

Common name

German: Kugelkopf-Flockenblume

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2504)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2403)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2035)

      Order: Asterales (210)

        Family: Asteraceae (209) (family description)

          Genus: Centaurea (15)

           Epithet: sphaerocephala J.Gav ex Durieu (2)

             Subspecies: sphaerocephala

Synonyms: Calcitrapoides sphaerocephala (L.) Holub, Centaurea caespitosa Cirillo, Centaurea corsica Gand., Centaurea fontanesii (Spach) Spach ex Durieu, Centaurea ixodes Pomel, Centaurea linnaeana Walp., Centaurea pterocaulos Pomel

caespitosa => growing in dense tufts

corsica => from Corsica, France

fontanesii => in honor of Ren├ę Louiche Desfontaines (1750ÔÇô1833), French botanist

ixodes => like bird-lime, sticky, clammy

linnaeana => named in honor of Carl von Linn├ę, 18th century Swedish botanist often referred to as the father of modern taxonomy

pterocaulos => winged stem

sphaerocephala => round-headed

Characteristics

Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: xerophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: purple, violet, white

External links

Check for Centaurea sphaerocephala at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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