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Maltese Cockspur, Cockspur Thistle at Tuggeranong Hill

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Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 24 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 24 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 24 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 24 Nov 2015
Centaurea melitensis at Tuggeranong Hill - 24 Nov 2015

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Significant sighting

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

wrote:
   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.
wrote:
   25 Jan 2016
Looks like Centaurea melitensis.
wrote:
   25 Jan 2016
Thanks Mike, I've suggested same.
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.
MikeMultiple Significant Sightings - Mike has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - Mike has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - Mike joined us in 2014! 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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Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Echinopogon sp. (genus) (Hedgehog Grass) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Marrubium vulgare (Horehound) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Centaurea melitensis (Maltese Cockspur, Cockspur Thistle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Solanum cinereum (Narrawa Burr) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Triptilodiscus pygmaeus (Annual Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 23 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Arthropodium milleflorum (Vanilla Lily) at Tuggeranong Hill - 7 Nov 2015 by michaelb
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Verbascum thapsus subsp. thapsus (Great Mullein, Aaron's Rod) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 8 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Tuggeranong Hill - 3 Nov 2000 by michaelb

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 23 Nov 2015 Recorded on
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