Taxon  Report   11480    
Carthamus creticus  L.
Smooth distaff thistle
Carthamus creticus
© 2015 Jorg & Mimi Fleige
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Carthamus creticus
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Carthamus creticus
© 2001 CDFA
Carthamus creticus, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Plant Characteristics
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Carthamus creticus
© 2008 Zoya Akulova
Genus: Carthamus
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Carthamus baeticus
ICPN: Carthamus lanatus ssp. baeticus
More information about  Carthamus creticus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).