Carthamus lanatus Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 830. 1753.
Common names: distaff thistle, downy safflower, saffron thistle; woolly safflower; woolly star thistle
Loosely cobwebby brached herb, leaves 10-15 cm long, divided along margin into linear or lanceolate spine-tipped lobes; heads 25-35 mm long, some what tomentose, outer phyllaries spreading and longer than inner; corolla yellow, sometimes darkly veined, anthers yellow; achene brown 4-6 mm long with scaly pappus
The species is very common in Kashmir along woadsides, wastelansds, more common along Pampore karewas. Photographed from Baramulla, Kashmir in July, 2011
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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