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ID small pink hairy Centaurea-like plant. Probably Solved(?):Centaurea bombycina

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« on: July 04, 2015, 16:26 PM »
This little one was found at ca 1000m in Sierra Almijara, photo: June 17. Less than 20 cm tall.

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« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 20:10 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2015, 21:14 PM »
Hi Petrea, I think it could be Centaurea bombycina subsp. xeranthemoides. A very interesting plant!

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 11:41 AM »
Hi Andres,

Why do you think it may be the xeranthemoides? The Flora de Andalucia Oriental has:

Tallos esparcidamente foliosos en el tercio superior; capítulos no
adelgazados en la base; apéndice de las brácteas involucrales ferruginoso,
con cilios laterales más claros .... 19.1 subsp. bombycina
{Trevenque–Almijara (E de Málaga y SO de Granada, desde las Sierras de
Tejeda y Almijara hasta la Sierra de Cázulas). ra. VU [D2]}

Tallos ± desnudos en el tercio superior; capítulos ligeramente adelgazados
en la base; apéndice de las brácteas involucrales pajizo, con
cilios laterales concoloros ............. 19.2 subsp. xeranthemoides

They do not seem to be visibly "desnudos" in the upper third (text underlined.)

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 22:19 PM »
This is a plant that I've never seen. At first it seemed to me like the subsp. xeranthemoides but now I'm doubtful.

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« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 19:21 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 19:26 PM »
It seems that the subsp. xeranthemoides is only found in Sierra del Manar, Granada. So, most probably it will be Centaurea bombycina subsp. bombycina.

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 20:09 PM »
OK, thanks.
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