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Sonoran Desert Plants
Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower,cartamo)

Coffee Pot Mountain


Habitat: disturbed areas
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate,simple,toothed,lanceolate
Flower Color: orange and/or yellow
Flowering Period: spring
Spines: spineless
Family: Asteraceae (sunflower family)
Abundance: introduced,rare,not naturalized
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 21. Eudicots: Asteraceae-Aster Family. Phytoneuron 2016-77: 1-164. Published 29 November 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 58 (30.2 MB pdf)

Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page (opens in a new tab).






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