Carthamus leucocaulos Sm.

Prodr. 2: 160 (1813) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual, to 80 cm high; stems striate, glabrescent with a greyish bloom. Basal leaves short-lived, oblanceolate, pinnatisect, lobes spine-tipped; cauline leaves sessile, amplexicaul, lanceolate, 3–6 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, pinnatisect with narrow spine-tipped lobes, grey-green above and below, glandular, glabrous to sparsely pubescent. Capitula solitary, 13–15 mm diam.; outer bracts more or less erect, rigid, densely grey-villous; inner bracts entire, erect, margins scarious, densely glandular, spine-tipped. Corolla 20–30 mm long, pinkish-purple. Cypselas 3–4 mm long, pale, smooth; pappus of many linear, acuminate scales, the longest 5–6 mm. Flowers spring and summer.

*GGr, *Wim. Recorded for a few scattered sites in western Victoria. .

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Carthamus glaucus M.Bieb.).
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Carthamus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Carthamus leucocaulos in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carthamus leucocaulos in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced

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Western Australia
South Australia