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DaisyCentaurea melitensis    

Maltese Cockspur, Cockspur Thistle at Tuggeranong Hill

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Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015

Identification history

Daisy Centaurea melitensis 8 Dec 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Daisy Centaurea solstitialis 7 Dec 2017 BettyDonWood
Daisy Centaurea melitensis 25 Jan 2016 michaelb
Unidentified 25 Jan 2016 michaelb

Exotic or non-indigenous species

michaelb noted:
  27 Jan 2016

According to records held within the Atlas of Living Australia, which includes all herbarium records, this plant has not been recorded in the ACT since 1956, 60 years ago. Michael Mulvaney suspects it is one that climate change may favour in the ACT given that it is pretty common on the south-west slopes. He thinks it is worth raising awareness of it, since it is similar to the Saffron Thistle and might be overlooked.

Author's notes

On the north-east slopes of Tuggeranong Hill.

6 comments

   25 Jan 2016
I must admit I was too quick off the mark. The flower is OK but not the leaves. I will have another look at it. Another undo went wrong.
Mike wrote:
   25 Jan 2016
Looks like Centaurea melitensis.
michaelb wrote:
   25 Jan 2016
Thanks Mike, I've suggested same.
Mike wrote:
   25 Jan 2016
Centaurea melitensis has not been recorded in the ACT since 1956 so I think the Herbarium would be pleased to get a specimen.
   7 Dec 2017
The spines are far too long and robust to be melitensis, which has fine spines under 5 mm long.
Mike wrote:
   7 Dec 2017
A search on C. melitensis photos shows plants with identical spines. I will have to take a look at my specimen of C. solstitialis for comparison.

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Nearby Sightings

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Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Echinopogon sp. (genus) (Hedgehog Grass) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Marrubium vulgare (Horehound) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Centaurea melitensis (Maltese Cockspur, Cockspur Thistle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Solanum cinereum (Narrawa Burr) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Triptilodiscus pygmaeus (Annual Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 7 Nov 2015 Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 Verbascum thapsus subsp. thapsus (Great Mullein, Aaron's Rod) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 3 Nov 2000
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Echinopogon sp. (genus) (Hedgehog Grass) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Marrubium vulgare (Horehound) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis (Maltese Cockspur, Cockspur Thistle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Solanum cinereum (Narrawa Burr) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Triptilodiscus pygmaeus (Annual Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015
Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 7 Nov 2015
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015
Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015
Verbascum thapsus subsp. thapsus (Great Mullein, Aaron's Rod) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 3 Nov 2000

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