Centaurea nigrescens

Willdenow

Sp. Pl. 3: 2288. 1803.

Common names: Tyrol or short-fringed or Vochin knapweed centaurée noirâtre
Introduced
Synonyms: Centaurea dubia subsp. nigrescens (Willdenow) Hayek Centaurea dubia subsp. vochinensis (Bernhardi ex Reichenbach) Hayek Centaurea jacea subsp. nigrescens (Willdenow) Celakovsky Centaurea transalpina Bernhardi ex Reichenbach Centaurea vochinensis
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 188. Mentioned on page 184, 186, 187, 189.

Perennials, 30–150 cm. Stems 1–few, erect or ascending, openly branched distally, villous to scabrous with septate hairs and loosely tomentose, ± glabrate. Leaves: basal and proximal cauline, petiolate, blades oblanceolate or elliptic, 5–25 cm, margins entire or shallowly dentate to irregularly pinnately lobed; distal cauline sessile, not decurrent, blades linear to lanceolate, gradually smaller, entire or dentate. Heads radiant or discoid, in few-headed corymbiform arrays, borne on leafy-bracted peduncles. Involucres 15–18 mm, subcylindric to ovoid or campanulate, usually longer than wide, even when pressed. Principal phyllaries: bodies lanceolate to ovate, loosely tomentose or glabrous, usually not fully covered by narrow appendages, these erect, overlapping, dark-brown to black, flat, margins pectinately dissected into 6–8 pairs of wiry lobes. Inner phyllaries: tips truncate, irregularly dentate or lobed. Florets 40–100+, all fertile or peripheral sterile; corollas purple (rarely white), those of sterile florets ± expanded and exceeding corollas of fertile florets, those of fertile florets 15–18 mm. Cypselae tan, 2.5–3 mm, finely hairy; pappi 0 or of many unequal, sometimes caducous bristles 0.5–1 mm. 2n = 22 (Hungary), 44 (Hungary; Italy).


Phenology: Flowering summer–fall (Jun–Oct).
Habitat: Roadsides, fields, waste areas
Elevation: 0–1000 m

Distribution

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Introduced; B.C., Ont., Que., Calif., Conn., Del., Fla., Ill., Ind., Mass., Mo., Mont., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, Oreg., Pa., R.I., Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo., Europe

Discussion

Tyrol knapweed is considered to be a noxious weed in Washington and Oregon.

In recent years there has been much controversy regarding the name(s) to be applied to the North American Tyrol knapweeds. The names Centaurea vochinensis, C. nigrescens, and C. dubia have all been used in twentieth-century North American floras, and J. T. Kartesz and C. A. Meacham (1999) have accepted C. transalpina as well. R. J. Moore (1972) tentatively accepted two species, C. nigrescens and C. dubia, placing C. transalpina and C. vochinensis as synonyms through application beneath both species. Moore discussed the considerable similarities and practical difficulties of differentiating the taxa. H. A. Gleason and A. Cronquist (1991) recognized C. dubia as including C. nigrescens and C. vochinensis. E. G. Voss (1972–1996, vol. 3) recognized C. nigrescens as including C. dubia and C. vochinensis. Kartesz and Meacham accept C. nigrescens as a species, including C. vochinensis; they also accept C. transalpina with C. dubia as a synonym. In our investigation of the North American Tyrol knapweeds we have not been able to distinguish more than one (admittedly variable) entity. At the species level the correct name for this taxon is Centaurea nigrescens.

Centaurea dubia Suter, sometimes applied to plants that belong here, is not a valid name.

Selected References

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Lower Taxa

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... more about "Centaurea nigrescens"
with fine , 1-celled hairs +  and glabrous +
scarious +
erect;spreading +
less dentate or fringed linear +  and ovate +
indeterminate +  and determinate +
David J. Keil +  and Jörg Ochsmann +
Willdenow +
decurrent +
Asteraceae tribe Cynareae +
compound +  and simple +
linear;lanceolate +
smaller +
5 cm50 mm <br />0.05 m <br /> (25 cm250 mm <br />0.25 m <br />) +
overlapping +
dark-brown +  and black +
glabrous +  and tomentose +
10-nerved or 20-nerved +  and rugose +
lanceolate;ovate +
barbed +  and smooth +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br />) +
Tyrol or short-fringed or Vochin knapweed +  and centaurée noirâtre +
actinomorphic +
radial +  and bilateral +
white +  and blue pink purple or yellow +
inconspicuous +
expanded +  and slender +
compressed +  and barrel--shaped +
fertile +  and bisexual +
B.C. +, Ont. +, Que. +, Calif. +, Conn. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Mass. +, Mo. +, Mont. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, Ohio +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, Vt. +, Va. +, Wash. +, W.Va. +, Wis. +, Wyo. +  and Europe +
0–1000 m +
glandular-punctate +
puberulent +, strigose +, villous +, tomentose +  and glabrous +
pistillate +, staminate +  and neuter +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (1.8 cm18 mm <br />0.018 m <br />) +
fertile +  and sterile +
winged +  and beaked +
dispersed +
Roadsides, fields, waste areas +
indeterminate +
each +  and sessile +
usually longer than wide +
subcylindric;ovoid or campanulate +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (1.8 cm18 mm <br />0.018 m <br />) +
cauline +  and basal +
acute +  and linear-oblong +
shallowly dentate to irregularly pinnately lobed +  and entire +
dissected +
2-carpellate +
persistent +
of many unequal , sometimes caducous bristles +
Flowering summer–fall (Jun–Oct). +
papillate +  and smooth +
distinct +  and fused +
flat;convex +
exalbuminous +
Introduced +
ascending +  and erect +
1 +  and few +
appendaged +  and truncate +
dilated +  and swollen +
enlarged +
Centaurea dubia subsp. nigrescens +, Centaurea dubia subsp. vochinensis +, Centaurea jacea subsp. nigrescens +, Centaurea transalpina +  and Centaurea vochinensis +
Centaurea nigrescens +
Centaurea +
species +
lobed +  and dentate +
tomentose +  and glabrous +
30 cm300 mm <br />0.3 m <br /> (150 cm1,500 mm <br />1.5 m <br />) +
tree +, vine +, shrub +  and subshrub +
15 +, 13 +, 12 +, 11 +, 10 +, 9 +  and 8 +