Carthamus lanatus

Family Asteraceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesSaffron Thistle, Woolly Star Thistle, Yellow Distaff Thistle
SynonymsAtractylis lanata (L.) Scop.; Carduncellus lanatus (L.) Moris; Carduus lanatus (L.) Brot.; Carthamus baeticus (Boiss. & Reut.) Nyman; Carthamus creticus L.; Carthamus lanatus subsp. baeticus (Boiss. & Reut.) Maire; Carthamus lanatus subsp. creticus (L.) Holmboe; Carthamus lanatus var. baeticus (Boiss. & Reut.) Cout.; Carthamus lanatus var. creticus (L.) Halacsy; Centaurea cretica (L.) Spreng.; Centaurea lanata (L.) Lam. & DC.; Heracantha cretica (L.) Hoffmanns. & Link; Heracantha lanata (L.) Hoffmanns. & Link; Kentrophyllum baeticum Boiss. & Reut.; Kentrophyllum creticum (L.) Tausch; Kentrophyllum lanatum (L.) DC. & Duby; Kentrophyllum lanatum var. baeticum (Boiss. & Reut.) Batt.; Onobroma lanatum (L.) Bluff & Fingerh.; Phonus lanatus (L.) Hill
Growth formHerb
Seed dispersal morphologyWing/Achene/Pappus, Tumbleweed
Maximum height (m)1.8
Capable of vegetative reproductionInformation unavailable
Native rangeWestern Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Exotic range (Australia)ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Exotic range (other)Southern Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Agricultural land, Disturbed areas (including trails), Pastures, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Wastelands, Woodlands
Soil type (exotic)Infertile - low fertility
Decade of introduction1800

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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