Carthamus oxyacantha

Botanical Name Carthamus oxyacantha
Common Name Kantiari
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Carthamus
Species: oxyacantha
Part used Seed
Medicinal Properties Diuretic
Medicinal Use Seeds: used to cure biliousness.
ChemistryPlant: luteolin-7-glucd. Aerial parts: sesquiterp. glycd., hinesol-Beta-D-fucopyranoside.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatAn obnoxious weed found amongst summer season crops, also occurs in fallow field, waste places and along road sides. Distrib. Pali, Jaipur and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.
DescriptionErect herb, grows upto 30-60 cm in height. Stem terete, white-puberulous. Leaves: sessile, lamina semi-amplexicaul at base, oblong, oblong-lanceolate, apical leaves very spinous, mid-vein and lateral-veins raised abaxially, terminating into spines. Flowers: capitula 0.7-1.5 cm across, orange-yellow, solitary, terminal. Florets 2.8 cm long, pappus absent, corolla orange-yellow, lobes linear, acute. Stamens 5, filaments 0.2 cm long, anthers 0.5 cm long, apical appendages oblong. Style 2.2 cm long, filiform, simple, stigma hairy. Flowers and fruits appears during May-July.