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Carthamus lanatus
woolly distaff thistle Aster Family
Carthamus lanatus Asteraceae
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common names
  woolly distaff thistle
  distaff thistle
  saffron thistle
accepted scientific name
  Carthamus lanatus L.
rules for finding collection records
  Carthamus lanatus (153)
family name
  Asteraceae
Image Author: ©2011 Anthony Valois and the National Park Service
Image License: public domain
Image Source
Category: Wildflowers
Flowers: No obvious petals, Many petals
Petal colors: color
Leaf: Alternate, Simple
Plant Observed 3rd week of March thru 3rd week of October
Native of the Mediterranean Basin. Invasive in CA. Noxious weed in OR.

How Likely at this Location (13%)
Name Match (100%)
Plant Showiness (63%)
Links to Plant Photos
Tony Valois NPS (8)
Cal Photos (17)
Wikimedia Commons (6)
base map where plant found
mag select

Grassland
Disturbed
grid lines base