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Taxonavigation: Asterales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Carduoideae
Tribus: Cardueae
Subtribus: Centaureinae
Genus: Crocodilium
Species: C. creticum – C. crocodylium – C. pumilio


Crocodilium Hill in Veg. Syst. 4: 29. (1762)

  • Type species: Crocodilium crocodylium Hill, Hort. Kew. 63. (1768)


  • Homotypic
    • Crocodylium Hill, Hort. Kew. 63 (1769) orth. var.
    • Centaurea sect. Crocodylium (Hill) DC., Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 6: 591. (1838)
  • Heterotypic
    • Aegialophila Boiss. & Heldr. ex Boiss., Diagn. pl. orient. ser. 1.2, 10: 105 (1849)


  • Hill, J. 1762. The Vegetable System 4: 22 (page 29 in the translation)
  • Altinordu, F. & Ferrer-Gallego. P.P. 2015. Typification of the Linnaean name Centaurea crocodylium (Asteraceae). Phytotaxa 236(3): 299-300. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.236.3.14
  • Font, M., Garnatje, T., Garcia-Jacas, G. & Susanna, A. 2002. Delineation and phylogeny of Centaurea sect. Acrocentron based on DNA sequences: a restoration of the genus Crocodylium and indirect evidence of introgression. Plant Systematic and Evolution 234: 14–26. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-002-0203-3 PDF through so not available through a direct link
  • Euro+Med 2006 onwards: Crocodilium in Euro+Med PlantBase – the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 12.
  • Hassler, M. 2018. Crocodylium. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 12. Reference page
  • International Plant Names Index. 2019. Crocodilium. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 20 2019.
  • 2018. Crocodilium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 12.
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