Genus:
Carthamus L.

Carthamus nitidus Boiss.

This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Medit. to Arabian Peninsula Sudan, Somalia.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb to 40 cm high; stem white, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves of young plants in a rosette, lyrate; later stem leaves pinnatifid with 3–4 pairs of lobes, 2–5´1–3 cm, sessile, the lobes spiny-attenuate, apex spiny-attenuate, glabrous, slightly glandular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Capitula solitary on terminal and side branches; involucre 2.6–4 cm long; outer phyllaries resembling the leaves; inner phyllaries ovate with triangular, pectinate-dentate appendage
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets pink, ± 2 cm long, of which lobes 4–5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes obovoid, 4.5 mm long; pappus of violet flattened bristles 1–7 mm long, the outer and inner shortest.
Distribution
N2; Syria, Israel, Jordan, N Sudan
Ecology
Altitude range c. 1080 m.
Note
The Somali specimen, which was not mentioned in the monograph by Hanelt (1963), represents a considerable range extension. It was recorded as C. persicus Desf. ex Willd. in Cuf. Enum.: 1177 (1967).

Native to:

Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan

Carthamus nitidus Boiss. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Orient. 3: 708 (1875)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • (2021). https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.509.1.1 epublication.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by H. Beentje [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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