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Centaurea jacea

Centaurea jacea L.

 

Brown Knapweed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusCentaureaFrom the Latin and a reference to the Centaur Chiron who was supposed to have discovered the medicinal uses of a plant in Greece that came to be called Centaury
Speciesjacea

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Centaurea jacea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 30 May 2016.

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Centaurea jacea (Brown Knapweed)

6/29/2014 · Mount Agamenticus, York, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Centaurea jacea (Brown Knapweed)

6/29/2014 · Mount Agamenticus, York, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm)

Centaurea jacea (Brown Knapweed)

6/29/2014 · Mount Agamenticus, York, ME
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

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