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Centaurea stoebe subsp. micranthos
Plant Form: Biennial herb.
Size: Up to 1 m tall.
Stem: Many branched in upper part.
Leaves: Hairy and resin-dotted. On stem small, entire or slightly lobed. At base of plant deeply lobed and to 15 cm long.
Flowers: Cornflower-like flowerheads solitary at the ends of branches, with pink or purple florets 12-25 mm long. Bracts with brown to purple ends have slender teeth or lobes.
Fruit and Seeds: 3-3.5 mm, pale brown, with white parachuting hairs 1-2 mm long.
Habitat: Pastures, open forests, disturbed areas.
Distinguishing Features: Among introduced Cornflowers (Centaurea species), combination of the many branching stems with many end flowerheads and the absence of spines on the heads.