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Taxon: Centaurea virgata Lam.

Genus: Centaurea
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Carduoideae tribe: Cardueae subtribe: Centaureinae
Nomen number: 316481
Place of publication: Encycl. 1:670. 1785
Name verified on: 02-Mar-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 26-Sep-2002
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • squarrose knapweed   (Source: Names Beetle ) – English   [Centaurea virgata subsp. squarrosa]
  • centáurea   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq [n.]; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Russian Federation - Dagestan
    Middle Asia: Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan
    China: China - Xinjiang

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Cronquist, A. et al. 1972–. Intermountain flora.
  • Davis, P. H., ed. 1965–1988. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. [re. Brazilian common names].
  • Mouterde, P. 1966–. Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie.
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica.


Check other web resources for Centaurea virgata Lam.:

  • Euro+Med Plantbase: Information Resource for Euro-Mediterranean Plant Diversity
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 November 2015)

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