Latin name: Centaurea melitensis L.
  Pronunciation: sen-TORE-ee-a mel-i-TEN-sis

  Common name: Tocalote
  Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
  Habitat: Disturbed fields, pastures, open woods,
  along roadsides, to 6000', one of California's most
  pernicious weeds, naturalized from So. Europe

  Blooming period: May to June
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Centaurea
  2) melitensis
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