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Distaff thistles
Carthamus lanatus 1 bgiu.jpg
Saffron thistle, Carthamus lanatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Carduoideae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Carthamus
Type species
Carthamus tinctorius
  1. Carthamoides Vaill.
  2. Kentrophyllum Neck. ex DC.
  3. Carthamus sect. Eucarthamus Baill.
  4. Durandoa Pomel

The genus Carthamus, the distaff thistles, includes plants in the thistle family.[4] The group is native to Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia.[3][5] The flower has been used since ancient times in the Philippines, which it has been called kasubha by the Tagalog people.[6]

The best known species is the safflower (Carthamus tinctorius).



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