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Taxon: Carthamus leucocaulos Sm.

Genus: Carthamus section: Atractylis
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Carduoideae tribe: Cardueae subtribe: Centaureinae
Nomen number: 9237
Place of publication: J. Sibthorp & J. E. Smith, Fl. Graec. prodr. 2:160. 1813
Comment: authorship verified from original literature
Name verified on: 01-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 11-Aug-2013
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • glaucous star thistle   (Source: Noxweed Aust ) – English
  • white-stem distaff thistle   (Source: State Noxweed Seed ) – English
  • yellow distaff thistle   (Source: Rep NCEPPC ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of safflower   (based on crosses with Carthamus tinctorius probably producing sterile hybrids fide Crop Sci 17:802. 1977)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional range:

    Southeastern Europe: Greece [incl. Aegian Islands, Crete]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Australia: Australia - South Australia [s.e.], Victoria [w.]
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California

    Middle Europe: Belgium
    Southwestern Europe: France



Check other web resources for Carthamus leucocaulos Sm.:


  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (31 August 2015)

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