Centaurea crocodylium, Centaurea heterocarpa,
Blush Centaury-thistle,
Hebrew: דרדר גדול-פרחים, Arabic: القنطريون التمساحي

Scientific name:  Centaurea crocodylium L.
Synonym name:  Centaurea heterocarpa Boiss.
Common name:  Blush Centaury-thistle
Hebrew name:   דרדר גדול-פרחים
Arabic name:  القنطريون التمساحي
Plant Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

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Life form:  Annual
Spinescence:  Bracts
Stems:   45cm high; erect, sparingly branched
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, dissected once, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Pink
Fruits / pods:  Hairy cypselae
Flowering Period:   May, June
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Centaurea crocodylium, Centaurea heterocarpa, Blush Centaury-thistle, القنطريون التمساحي, דרדר גדול-פרחים


Derivation of the botanical name:
Centaurea, gets its name from the centaur, Chiron, who is said in mythology to have taught us the healing power of herbs.
crocodylium, kroko,pebble; deilos, worm, or man, pebble-worm.
heterocarpa, diversely fruited.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810–1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

Centaurea crocodylium, Centaurea heterocarpa, Blush Centaury-thistle, דרדר גדול-פרחים


Centaurea crocodylium, Centaurea heterocarpa, Blush Centaury-thistle, דרדר גדול-פרחים
Location: Golan, Banias


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Location: Golan, Banias