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Centaurea iberica Trev. ex Spreng., Syst. 3: 406. 1826; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 385. 1881.

Herbs, much branched; stems 15 - 50 cm or more, erect or spreading, divaricately branched. Lower leaves runcinate to lyrate-pinnatisect; lobes ovate to linear-lnceolate, hispidulous, denticulate at margins; upper lanceolate. Heads ca 1 cm across, ovoid, surrounded by upper leaves, subsessile. Involucral bracts with scarious margins; apical spines stout, sulcate, usually with 1 - 3 basal spines. Florets pruple, glandular. Achenes ca 3 mm long. Pappus ca 2 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. July - Aug.

Distrib. India: Common along the roadsides 300-2300 m. Jammu & Kashmir.

W. Asia, S.E. Europe and Pakistan.

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