Maltese Cockspur
Skeleton Weed
Maltese Cockspur (Centaurea melitensis)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Daisies
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Maltese Cockspur (Centaurea melitensis)
This Photo:     Flower
Other names: Maltese Star Thistle, Cockspur Thistle, Malta Thistle, Maltese Centaury, Napa Star Thistle, Saucy Jack, Tocalote Star Thistle, Wild Irishman, Yellow Burr Cockspur or Yellow Star Thistle

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A spindly thistle with small, spiny flowers and stiff, tall habit

Copyright © 2005-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-May-2005
This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)