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Diffuse Knapweed

Diffuse Knapweed

Scientific name: Centaurea diffusa Lam.

Synonym: Acosta diffusa (Lam.)

Common names: Diffuse knapweed, white knapweed, spreading knapweed, tumble knapweed

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Native To: Eastern Mediterranean region (Wilson and Randall 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1800s (Wolfson et al. 2005)

Images: Invasive.org and Google

Means of Introduction: Introduced accidentally through contaminated seed (Zouhar 2001)

Impact: Crowds out native species (Wilson and Randall 2005)

Current U.S. Distribution:

U.S. States and U.S. National Parks Where Reported Invasive: Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States map

Management Plans: Plants / Knapweeds

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Centaurea diffusa Lam.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Centaurea diffusa Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Centaurea diffusa Lam. - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Distribution; Legal Aspects

Biology and Biological Control of Knapweed (Apr 2005, 3rd Ed; PDF | 3 MB)
USDA. FS. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
FHTET-2004-05
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed - Weed of the Week (Dec 18, 2006; PDF | 76 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Centaurea diffusa - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Plant profile for Centaurea diffusa - PLANTS Database
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Distribution; Legal Aspects

Diffuse Knapweed, Tumble Knapweed (PDF | 560 KB)
DOI. FWS. Hanford Reach National Monument.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Controls

An Assessment of Exotic Plant Species of Rocky Mountain National Park: Centaurea diffusa Lam.
DOI. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

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State Government

Centaurea genus - EncycloWeedia
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Noxious Weed Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed - Best Management Practices Weed Profile (PDF | 213 KB)
Colorado State Parks.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Diffuse Knapweed - Noxious Weed Identification List
State of Colorado. Jefferson County. Weed and Pest Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Controls

Class B Noxious Weed: Diffuse Knapweed
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

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University/Academic

Diffuse and Spotted Knapweed
Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Spotted and Diffuse Knapweed - Noxious Weeds of Nebraska
University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Managing Diffuse Knapweed (PDF | 285 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed Wanted Poster--Dead, Not Alive! (PDF | 185 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs

Know Your Knapweeds (PDF | 153 KB)
North Dakota State University. Extension Service.
Identification/Description; Distribution; Controls

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International

Diffuse Knapweed - Guide to Weeds in British Columbia
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries (Canada).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Centaurea diffusa - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Centaurea diffusa (herb) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Diffuse Knapweed
Colorado Weed Management Association.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Centaurea diffusa
Discover Life.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Spotted, Diffuse and Russian Knapweed - IVM Technical Bulletin
Integrated Pest Management Information Service.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls

Diffuse Knapweed
Montana Weed Control Association.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat

Citations

Wilson, L.M. and C.B. Randall. 2005. Biology and Biological Control of Knapweed (PDF | 2.96 MB) USDA Forest Service. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. FHTET-2001-07.

Wolfson, B.A., T.E. Kolb, C.H. Sieg, and K.M. Clancy. 2005. Effects of post-fire conditions on germination and seedling success of diffuse knapweed in northern Arizona. Forest Ecology and Management 216(1-3):342-358.

Zouhar, K. 2001. Centaurea diffusa. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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