Centaurea benedicta

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Centaurea benedicta is native to the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. F. K. Kupicha (1975) recognized two varieties of Cnicus benedictus: var. benedictus and var. kotschyi Boissier. A combination apparently has not been made for var. kotschyi in Centaurea. I have not determined whether one or both races are represented in North American plants of Centaurea benedicta.

Facts about "Centaurea benedicta"
base orientationappressed +
blade shapelanceolate + and oblanceolate +
bract architectureleaflike +
chromosome count22 +
corolla colorationyellow +
corolla shape3-lobed +
corolla sizeslender +
cypsela course or orientationcurved +
cypsela external textureglabrous +
cypsela shapecylindric + and tipped +
face external texturehairy +
face patternresin-gland-dotted +
floret arrangement or shapelinear +
floret countmany +
flowering timespringsummer +, apr +, may +, jun +, jul + and aug +
habitatroadsides +, fields +, waste places + and cultivated +
hair architecturejointed + and multicellular +
hair external texturecobwebby +
hair height or lengthshort +
hair orientationspreading +
hair sizeslender +
head architecturesessile +
head architecture or shapedisciform +
head arrangementsingly +
involucre shapespheric +
leaf architecturesessile +
leaf positioncauline +
leaf shapeshort-decurrent + and proximal +
lobe architecturearmed +
margin shapedentate + and lobed +
pappus external texturesmooth + and roughened +
pappus external texture or internal textureroughened +
pappus positionouter + and inner +
petiole architecturewinged +
phyllary arrangementoverlapping +
phyllary positionouter + and inner +
phyllary shapeovate +, lanceolate + and tipped +
phyllary size5 +
rib count20 +
rib prominenceprominent +
rim shape10-dentate +
scar positionlateral +
series countseveral + and 2 +
spine fragilityweak +
spine height or lengthshort +
spine shapedivided +
stem architecturebranched +
stem colorationreddish +
stem external texturetomentose +
stem orientationspreading + and prostrate +
tip orientationspreading +
whole organism life styleannual +