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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Centaurea melitensis (tocalote)

Relatively common, non-native annual herb found in the Atascadero Creek watershed along trails. Flowers are yellow. Blooms spring through summer.

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Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late winter.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late winter.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late summer.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late summer.