Centaurea iberica Trevir. ex Spreng., Syst. veg. 3:406. 1826 ;
Common name: Iberian Star Thistle, Iberian Knapweed

Centaurea iberica (Iberian Starthistle or Iberian Knapweed) is a species of Centaurea. It is native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia. It is known elsewhere as an introduced species and a noxious weed.
(From Wikipedia on 14.6.13)

Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads- Centaurea iberica from Kashmir-GS25 : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
Centaurea iberica from Kashmir, less common now (once it was very common) in wastelands and roadsides.
from Pampore on June 20, 2010.

ID Please : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 4 authors.
Id Please
Photographed in Kashmir

This is Echinops echinatus. Please check this link

It should be some other species in view of comments of … in another thread. 

I am confused here. There is a single image with no information where the photo was taken. It is clearly not an Echinops? Kindly explain further.

Thanks, …
I think it should be Centaurea iberica Trevir. ex Spreng. as per images herein.
I could find it out from comparative images in efi at ‎Carduoideae 

Yes, this does appear to match Centaurea ibericaStewart records it from Baluchistan & many other parts of Pakistan through to Kashmir where it was common @ 300-2000m. 


Need ID: thistle with pinkish flowers: 3 images.
May 2022
Lower Himalayas

Which place in lower Himalayas?

Centaurea iberica Trev. ex Prengl. (syn: C. calcitrapa M Bieb. (Non L.)


Srinagar, April 2023 :: Prostrate herb for ID :: ARK2023-003: 1 image.
This small shrub was captured at Tangmarg, J&K in April 2023.
Unfortunately, this is the only pic I have.
Is it possible to ID based on this lone pic?

I think it should be possible.

Centaurea calcitrapa L. !

This is Centaurea iberica
C. calcitrapa has white lanate leaves

Key from BSI Flora
5a. Young leaves lanate; involucre 6-8 mm in diam. 2. Centaurea calcitrapa
b. Young leaves green, hispidulous; involucre 9-14 mm in diam. 5. Centaurea iberica

Jpeg image attached.
1 very high res. image.

Yes, I agree as per GBIF specimens (one and two)




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