Centaurea solstitialis L.
yellow starthistle (yellow star-thistle)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Distribution of Centaurea solstitialis
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A potentially invasive weed in the dry interior, but collected only as a waif in fresh topsoil in Surrey, E of Vancouver. (Lomer 95-12). Ephemeral.

Author: Frank Lomer, Honourary Research Associate, University of British Columbia Herbarium


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Leucantha solstitialis (L.) A. Löve & D. Löve


Callihan, Robert H., Timothy S. Prather, and Francis E. Northam. 1993. Longevity of Yellow Starseed (Centaurea solstitialis) achenes in soil. Weed Technology 7: 33-35.

Lomer, Frank. 2010. Personal communication. email.

Maddox, D. M., A. Mayfield, D. B. Joley, and D. M. Supkoff. 1996. Pollination biology of yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) in California. Canadian Journal of Botany 74 (2): 262-267.

Sun, Mei and Kermit Ritland. 1998. Mating system of yellow starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis, a successful colonizer in North America. Heredity 80: 225-232.

Zouhar, Kris. 2002. Centaurea solstitialis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/ [2010, March 3].