Carthamus L.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Europe to Central Asia and W. Himalaya, Macaronesia to Arabian Peninsula.


M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008]

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, spiny
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Capitula solitary or corymbose, homogamous, discoid; phyllaries with spiny margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets slender
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with long linear branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes obovoid, smooth, glabrous; pappus double, the outer of larger scales, the inner of smaller scales, but often absent in the outer florets.
Over 40 species in southern Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Central European Rus, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf States, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Mauritania, Morocco, North Caucasus, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alberta, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Assam, Austria, Bangladesh, Borneo, Brazil South, British Columbia, California, Cambodia, Cape Provinces, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Cuba, East European Russia, East Himalaya, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hainan, Idaho, Illinois, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Japan, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kansas, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Manchuria, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Montana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Caledonia, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Nicaragua, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Paraguay, Philippines, Qinghai, Queensland, South Australia, South Carolina, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tasmania, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Uruguay, Utah, Victoria, Vietnam, Washington, Western Australia, Xinjiang, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Carthamus L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 830 (1753)

Accepted by

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


Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by H. Beentje [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Hanelt in Feddes Rep. 67: 41–180 (1963).

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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