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Taxon: Carthamus oxyacantha M. Bieb.

Genus: Carthamus section: Carthamus
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Carduoideae tribe: Cardueae subtribe: Centaureinae
Nomen number: 9239
Place of publication: Tabl. prov. Mer casp. 118. 1798 (Fl. taur.-caucas. 2:283. 1808)
  • although there is no evidence in either Tabl. prov. Mer casp. (1798) or Fl. taur.-caucas. 2:283 (1808) that the author intended this epithet as a substantive, in Fl. taur.-caucas. 3:562. 1819 he lists this as Carthamus Oxyacantha, confirming his earlier intent
  • because this species epithet was published as a noun in apposition, it retains its own gender and termination irrespective of the gender of the generic name (Melbourne ICN Art. 23.5)
Name verified on: 01-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Jan-2014
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 52 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 noxious weed by USDA-APHIS.
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:
AL*, FL*, MA*, NC*.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • wild safflower   (Source: USDA/APHIS ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of safflower   (based on fertile hybrids with Carthamus tinctorius fide BMC Pl Biol 11:47 (page 3). 2011)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq; Syria
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    Indian Subcontinent: India - Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh; Pakistan




Check other web resources for Carthamus oxyacantha M. Bieb.:


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  • 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: (28 November 2015)

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