from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large genus of composite plants, related to the thistles and including the cornflower or bluebottle (Centaurea Cyanus) and the star thistle (Centaurea Calcitrapa).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very extensive genus of herbaceous plants, natural order Compositæ, allied to the thistles.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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- n. knapweed; star thistle
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He notes that Iran has served as the center of origin for a vast number of species and genera, including Astragalus, Euphorbia, Acanthophyllum, Salvia, Heliotropium, and Centaurea.
The area includes forested hills and river valley with riverine forests of Platanus orientalis and species such as the endemic Centaura lactifolia (found near Koniskos village) and Centaurea kalambakensi.
It is considered a speciation center for such genera as Astragalus, Acantholimon, Couisinia, Centaurea, Onobrychis.
Weedy plants like Centaurea depressa are quite common nowadays (see picture).
The weedy plant Centaurea depressa, which grows today in the arable fields below Sagalassos
Scarlet-hued Poppies and Bluebottles (_Centaurea cyanus_).
Black Knapweed, the _Centaurea nigra_, is a common tough-stemmed composite weed growing in our meadows and cornfields, being well known by its heads of dull purple flowers, with brown, or almost black scales of the outer floral encasement.
Among the more characteristic genera of the Bulgarian flora are the following: -- _Centaurea_, _Cirsium_, _Linaria_, _Scrophularia_,
Sweet Sultan White June 2 ft. _Centaurea moschata_ good
Vegetation the same: a curious Antirrhinoid plant occurs out of flower, Echinops, Carduacea, and a curious Centaurea.