Carthamus lanatus (weed)

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Carthamus lanatus (weed) L. - (woolly distaff thistle)

This thistle is a weed of pastures as well as crops. It is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now widely distributed. For example it is a problem in Australia and North America. Dense infestations have been reported where the thorny fruits get mixed with the wool of sheep, degrading the wool, or contaminate hay and grain.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: wollige Färberdistel
• English: distaff thistle
woolly distaff thistle
saffron thistle