M. Bieb., Tabl. Prov. Casp. 118 (1798).
Synonymy: Kentrophyllum glaucum (M. Bieb.) Tausch, Flora 12:71 (1829).
Common name: Glaucous star-thistle.
Rigid annual herb to 80 cm high; stem divergent-branched, striate, subglabrous with a greyish bloom; basal leaves pinnatifid, soon lost; cauline leaves sessile, amplexicaul at the base, lanceolate, 3-6 cm long, 5-12 mm wide, dentate with narrow spine-tipped teeth to 10 mm long, greyish, glandular, prominently veined.
Involucre 2-2.5 cm long; outer bracts leaf-like, 2-3 cm long; inner bracts entire, lanceolate, scarious on the margin, 1-2 cm long, densely glandular, spine-tipped; corollas 9-10 mm long, pinkish-purple.
Achenes 3.5-4 mm long; pappus scales linear, unequal, the longest 5-6 mm long.
N.S.W.; Vic. Native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Asia.
Flowering time: Nov. — Jan.
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